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# fc031 Cover flown on Salyut-7, MIR and ISS

An interesting history of two covers from archives of cosmonaut Viktor Savinykh.

Covers with pictures of Yuri Gagarin monument in Star City flown on board space stations Salyut-7, MIR and two ISS expeditions.

Signed by Soyuz T-13 and Soyuz T-14 crew covers taken on orbit by Soyuz T-15 crew Leonid Kizim and Vladimir Solovyov on March 13, 1986.Space endurance record holders Kizim and Solovyov were launched in the last Soyuz T vehicle to perform a difficult duel mission:to activate the new MIR station (launched February 20, 1986) and to retrieve scientific experiments from Salyut-7 station.Kizim and Solovyov docked with MIR on March 15, when they used Soyuz T-15 to transfer to Salyut-7.Aboard Salyut-7, they performed two EVA and returned to MIR on June 25 to complete their mission.

Covers spent 125 days in cosmos in 1986.On board MIR and Salyut-7 cancelled with postmarks of both space stations.After return from cosmos covers returned to cosmonaut Viktor Savinykh and for almost 20 years remained in his personal archives until were kindly shared with me.

Next time covers flown in space with  Soyuz TMA-4/ISS-9 commander cosmonaut Gennady Padalka.Gennady cancelled covers with main ISS handstamp "Board of International Space Station".Covers logged additional 187 days in cosmos.Finally, Soyuz TMA-6/ISS-11 commander Sergei Krikalev takes these covers on his six world's record flight (803 days spent on orbit total) for another 179 days on board ISS.

Interesting fact about these covers is that they are first covers flown on MIR station with first cosmonauts on board MIR and same time they are last covers flown on Salyut-7 station and Soyuz T family ship (Soyuz T-15).

Third image depicts Sergei Krikalev with these covers after return from this flight.Fourth image depicts American space tourist Greg Olsen with these covers.Greg was on board Soyuz TMA-6 with Sergei on the way back to Earth and kindly signed covers as well.

Covers spent over a year on board of three Soyuz vehicles and three stations.Travelled on orbit between MIR and Salyut-7 stations.Flown in two ISS expeditions.Cancelled with postmarks of space stations Salyut-7, MIR, ISS and special personal ISS-11 hand stamp of Sergei Krikalev.

Covers have signatures of Soyuz T-13 "Salyut station rescue team" Dzhanibekov and Savinykh, Soyuz T-14 team Volkov, Vasyutin, Grechko.Autographed by Soyuz T-15 crew Kizim and Solovyov, plus Sergei Krikalev and Greg Olsen from Soyuz TMA-6.


 # fc031 Cover flown on Salyut-7, MIR and ISS 1
 # fc031 Cover flown on Salyut-7, MIR and ISS 2
 # fc031 Cover flown on Salyut-7, MIR and ISS 3
 # fc031 Cover flown on Salyut-7, MIR and ISS 4
 # fc031 Cover flown on Salyut-7, MIR and ISS 5

This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 04 January, 2007.