A Brief History
Salyut 1 was the first space station launched into orbit around the Earth in April of 1971, and despite its then groundbreaking technology, only lasted less than 6 months, of which humans occupied it for a total of 24 days.
Soviet cosmonauts Georgy Dobrovolsky, Vladislav Volkov, and Viktor Patsayev had become the first ever spacemen to occupy a space station, from June 7th to June 29th, 1971. A previous Soviet attempt to enter Salyut 1 had failed.
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For more information, please see…
Evans, Ben. Foothold in the Heavens: The Seventies. Praxis, 2010.
Ivanovich, Grujica. Salyut – The First Space Station: Triumph and Tragedy. Praxis, 2008.
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