A Year in Space 9

A Year in Space

 

space station

by George A. Spiteri 

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Tuesday April 19th 1988

ManarovThe cosmonauts performed astrophysical experiments with the Roentgen equipment.

Wednesday April 20th 1988

The crew photographed Petropavlosk, Kamchatka and cities near Lake Baikal.

Thursday April 21st 1988

Titov and Manarov are doing intensive astrophysical experiments.

Friday April 22nd 1988

The engines of Progress 35 were fired to correct the orbit of Mir. The cosmonauts also performed medical experiments.

Saturday April 23rd and Sunday April 24th 1988

Rest period.

Monday April 25th to Wednesday April 27th 1988

Titov and Manarov carried out a series of earth resources photography. In particular, they photographed the eastern Caspian region looking at atmospheric pollution and also took pictures of Kazakhstan and the Soviet Far East to detect forest fires and do ecological studies.

Thursday April 28th 1988

This was the 130th day in space. The cosmonauts conducted geophysical and astrophysical experiments and continued studies of Soviet territory.

Friday April 29th 1988

The cosmonauts continued their earth resources studies photographing the Caspian Depression, the Aral Sea and the Crimea. They also continued experiments aboard Kvant studying Cygnus X-1. Back on earth another Progress craft was being prepared for launch. The cosmonauts have asked for more periodicals because after a busy working day it is nice to read an exciting story!

Saturday April 30th 1988

Rest day.

Sunday May 1st 1988

Titov and Manarov watched the May Day parade from orbit and sent messages of greetings back to earth and to fellow cosmonauts at the parade in Red Square in Moscow.

Monday May 2nd to Wednesday May 4th 1988

The crew has finished unloading Progress and has filled it with used equipment.

Thursday May 5th 1988

Progress 35 was undocked from Mir at 01:36 GMT and later burnt up in the atmosphere as planned.

Friday May 6th 1988

The cosmonauts took pictures of the equatorial zone of the Atlantic Ocean; this area is important because it affects the weather in Europe.

Saturday May 7th and Sunday May 8th 1988

These days were spent resting.

Monday May 9th and Tuesday May 10th 1988

Titov and Manarov photographed the farmlands of Kazakhstan and the grain-sowing areas of the European part of the U.S.S.R. In astrophysical experiments, their telescopes were trained on the Cygnus and Virgo constellations.

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