Soyuz 26
Soyuz 26 was Soviet
Soviet Union
The Soviet Union , officially the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics , was a constitutionally socialist state that existed in Eurasia between 1922 and 1991....

 manned mission, used to launch the crew of Salyut 6 EO-1
Salyut 6 EO-1
Salyut 6 EO-1 was a Soviet long duration space expedition, the first to dock successfully with the space station Salyut 6. The two person crew stayed were in space for a record setting 96 days, from December 1977 to March 1978...

, the first long duration crew on the space station Salyut 6
Salyut 6
Salyut 6 , DOS-5, was a Soviet orbital space station, the eighth flown as part of the Salyut programme. Launched on 29 September 1977 by a Proton rocket, the station was the first of the 'second-generation' type of space station. Salyut 6 possessed several revolutionary advances over the earlier...


The Soyuz
Soyuz 7K-T
The second generation of the Soyuz spacecraft, the Soyuz Ferry or Soyuz 7K-T, comprised Soyuz 12 through Soyuz 40 . Although still using the Igla system, these had no solar panels, employing batteries...

 spacecraft was launched on December 10, 1977, and docked with the space station the next day. Soyuz 27
Soyuz 27
Soyuz 27 was a 1978 Soviet manned spacecraft which flew to the orbiting Salyut 6 space station, during the mission EP-1. It was the third manned flight to the station, and the second successful docking...

 arrived at the station in January 1978, and its two person crew transferred into the Soyuz 26 spacecraft to undock and land a few days later.


Backup crew

Mission parameters

  • Mass: 6800 kg (14,991.4 lb)
  • Perigee: 193 km (119.9 mi)
  • Apogee: 246 km (152.9 mi)
  • Inclination: 51.65°
  • Period: 88.67 minutes
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