COSMONAUTS The four cosmonauts honor the first flight of the space age Commemorative Envelope signed: “Popovich”, “V. Zholobov”, “Klimuk” and “Filipchenko”, 6½x4½. Commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Soviet launch of Sputnik I, the world’s first artificial satellite. Pictorially postmarked by hand on October 4, 1977. PAVEL POPOVICH (1930-2009) spent over 19 days in space aboard two space flights: Vostok 4 (1962) and Soyuz 14 (1974). PYOTR KLIMUK (b.1942) spent over 79 days in space aboard three spaceflights: Soyuz 13 (1973), Salyut 4 (1974), and Soyuz 1 (1978). ANATOLY FILIPCHENKO (b.1928) spent over 11 days in space aboard two space flights: Soyuz 7 (1969) and Soyuz 16 (1974). In 1985, Filipchenko took part in a dangerous mission to revive the dead Salyut 7 space station. The crew made a five-hour spacewalk to restore solar panels and repair power systems to the station. Salyut 7 became functional once again after their daring repairs. VITALY ZHOLOBOV (b.1937) spent 49 days in space aboard Soyuz 24 (1976) on a mission with a manufacturing and military focus. The two-man crew returned three weeks early due to physical and psychological issues. Fine condition. – Please contact us if you have any questions or require additional information. HFSID 258960
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