When the Almaz and DOS programmes were initiated, no one could have predicted that such hardware would form the core of a space station at the turn of the century, but the Russian-built Zarya ('Dawn') and Zvezda ('Star') modules are key parts of the International Space Station. And certainly not even Sergey Korolev could have dreamed that his Soyuz spacecraft would still be in use ferrying crews to this station. This legacy is truly the best of monuments to the lost crew of the first space station.
One day, a space crew will depart from a space station to head once again for the Moon, as a stepping stone to the planets. These future space travellers will owe a tremendous debt of thanks to cosmonauts Georgiy Dobrovolskiy, Vladislav Volkov and Viktor Patsayev, whose names are by now written between the stars.
Two Soyuz TMA spacecraft docked with the International Space Station. (Courtesy NASA)
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The Zvezda and Zarya modules that form the core of the International Space Station are the direct legacy of Salyut and its heroic crew. Korolev's legacy is evident from the two Soyuz and one Progress spacecraft docked with the station. (Courtesy NASA)
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Interviews by the author:
1. Marina Dobrovolskaya, 24 May 2007
2. Svetlana Patsayeva, 1 August 2007
3. Dmitry Patsayev, 5 September 2007
The immortal crew of the world's first space station - Viktor Patsayev, Georgiy Dobrovolskiy and Vladislav Volkov.
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