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# sprnt151 Salyut-7 rescue mission artworks of flight commander Dzhanibekov *Availability and price check by e-mail or call.* set of 7 prints

20 years after Soyuz T-13/Salyut-7 rescue mission myself and flight commander and artist Vladimir Dzhanibekov discussed possibility of unique project with artworks devoted to this difficult and most dangerous flight in Space history.

In set of seven artworks Vladimir Dzhanibekov shows how they met Salyut-7 on orbit with no sign of life, how they entered dark and cold station from Soyuz T-13 and started works in extreme conditions. And work of doctors and ground team of Mission Control Center, which worked non stop day and night. Arrival of new team Soyuz T-14 when station was rescued, and, finally, return of cosmonauts back to Earth. Last lithograph depict view of Ocean near Coast of Mexico, how Vladimir Dzhanibekov remembers this view from board of returning Soyuz.

Each lithograph printed from original artworks signed and numbered by Vladimir Dzhanibekov. And second lithograph of set signed by Viktor Savinykh-board engineer of this mission.

Set also includes signed by Savinykh letter, describing the mission and original art works.

Images on website do not provide well good quality of these prints. Original prints can be sent first by request.

Space museums and private collectors are welcome with requests and questions.


Set of seven lithographs autographed by cosmonauts Dzhanibekov and Savinykh




Letters of cosmonauts Dzhanibekov and Savinykh

Cosmonauts Dzhanibekov and Savinykh inscribed lithographs for National Air & Space Museum



Cosmonaut Dzhanibekov and myself in Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics after presentations of lithographs

Cosmonaut Viktor Savinykh with lithographs in my California's house


Cosmonaut and Artist Vladimir Dzhanibekov


Dzhanibekov was born in 1942.Twice Hero of Soviet Union, USSR Pilot-Cosmonaut. He participated in five space missions as flight commander. Twice he was a captain of international space crew. His Soyuz T-13/Salyut-7 space station rescue mission became most dangerous and most difficult space mission in history. Dzhanibekov took up painting in his childhood. Art albums, postal stamps and postcards have been published on the basis of his works. He also was an author of illustrations to a number of books. Member of the USSR (now Russian) Union of Artists.


Cosmonaut Viktor Savinykh about his Soyuz T-13/Salyut-7 rescue mission

Slowly, palpating empty and cold silence space station entered by two in gas-masks...

This way could be a start of fantastic and fearful thriller. Such episode, undoubtedly, very effective would be in the movie. In reality it was impossible to see us: around terrible silence, impenetrable darkness and space cold. Such Salyut-7 station we've found, a station which already started to loose an altitude and didn't respond to calls from Earth. Two earthmen inside dead station somewhere in the middle of endless cosmos. In such minutes entire life runs in a head. Today reports about space flights perceived as something habitual and regular.. as a ride in subway or taxi from one part of city to another. On Earth orbit we've got another house. May be not exactly as on Earth, but not less bright, warm, maintained and hospitable. Meanwhile cosmos is enigmatic and frightful. Each house requires the care. And ones our space house occurred disaster. Station fall silent, went out, leaving an interest to life, got into a depression. So, two-Vladimir Dzhanibekov and myself, Viktor Savinykh entered a suspense. After serious system failures occurred in the Salyut-7 the primary objective of this 165 days flight was to make repairs to Salyut. We've found the atmosphere inside the station nearly not breathable and extremely cold, no water, but ice. During the days following and 5-hours space walk, we found the problems of electrical and other systems and performed necessary repairs. What to say here? The case is extreme. That's why reports of Soviet Press about our expedition in 1985 were short and well edited. TASS freshly announced that team performing on board planned works, mood and health condition of team members are excellent. It would be great if everything would be easy- arrived, estimated, repaired and returned with victory. Our duty was to try to bring back to life silent station and we've got this difficult Victory.


On June 6, 1985, Soyuz T-13 lifted off from Baikonur carrying Viktor Savinykh and Vladimir Dzhanibekov, who had visited the station the year before. As they approached with the aid of a laser telemeter, they saw that the base was completely lifeless, and for the first time, Soyuz used only its own resources to dock with a large, dead body hanging in cosmos. The disastrous situation was confirmed after berthing, when Soyuz??™ instruments revealed that there was no power on the station. The two cosmonauts opened the hatch and went inside carefully: the interior was freezing, perhaps ??“10 C degree, but the air was still breathable, although it stank of mold. Fortunately, no noxious gases had formed.

After dressing in heavier clothing, the crew began their inspection and found that a defect in an orientation sensor had sent the base careening out of control so that the solar panels were no longer pointing at the Sun. The eight batteries had gradually run down, and two were completely useless. One after the other, instruments had shut down, including radio links, meaning that the control center had no way of knowing what was happening. Mission Control Center had therefore watched helplessly as Salyut-7 died without an explanation.

Using Soyuz ??? engines, Dzhanibekov and Savinykh pointed the station toward the Sun, and the solar panels began to generate power and recharge the surviving batteries. At the same time Soyuz also controlled the air inside. It would take a month, until the end of July, for the internal climate-control system to return to normal. It took this long because they had to wait for the ice to vaporize in the frozen areas so that water did not get into the instruments and destroy them. In any case, the ice had managed to damage the water-heating system, and a powerful lamp normally used for television filming had to be employed to supply heat.

In spite of everything, the station was almost miraculously reborn thanks to the work of cosmonauts and the ground technicians. The last tasks were completed after the arrival of Progress-24, which delivered spare parts, three batteries, fuel and solar cells for the third panel that had not yet been extended. This last operation was carried out by the cosmonauts on August 2 during a five-hour space walk in new, semi-rigid space suits also delivered by Progress 24.

In the meantime, another vehicle, Cosmos 1669, docked briefly with the station. It was later discovered that this was a new type of Progress that would eventually be used with a MIR station and was therefore being tested.

Ones major repairs were over, the crew was ready to return. But before that, a new Soyuz T-14 crew Vasyutin, Volkov and Grechko arrived at the station on September 17 to perform the first ???relief??? mission in space history. It was the first time a crew exchange had taken place without an interval. A few days later Dzhanibekov and Grechko went home, leaving behind Viktor Savinykh, who became part of a new crew. They returned with Soyuz T-14 on November 21.


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This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 24 July, 2004.