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    Vasily Lazarev's Soviet Flight Certificate, Essentially an International Passport. A 5" x 3.25" leatherette covered four-page booklet titled in gilt on the cover: "УДОСТОВЕРЕНИЕ КОСМОНАВТА/ МОСКВА СССР" (Cosmonaut Certificate/ Moscow, USSR). This would have been his official government identification should his spacecraft land outside of the Soviet Union. The inside pages contain an early B&W photo of Lazarev with various Aersosports Federation officers' signatures. Printed text as follows (filled in by hand): "The U.S.S.R. Aerosports Federation, member the International Aeronautical Federation, recognized as its plenipotentiary representative in the USSR, certifies by this document that citizen Vassiliy G Lazarev, born USSR on 23 February 1928 is a cosmonaut of USSR. 6 August 1972" The inside back page has a paragraph in five languages, English as follows: "All state, public and military organisations as well as individuals are requested to render necessary help and assistance to the certificate holder." Note: this is not signed by Lazarev. A rare and important document from this Soyuz 12 and Soyuz 18 commander. Very fine.

    Interestingly, Soyuz 18 (April 1975) was unsuccessful. It was scheduled to dock with the Salyut 4 space station but, due to a failure of the launch vehicle, the mission was automatically aborted. The craft plummeted to earth at an increased velocity subjecting the cosmonauts to a force of 21 g. The parachutes did deploy and Soyuz 18 landed 500 miles north of the Chinese border (reportedly) in snow and cold weather. Lazarev and crewmate Makarov thought they might actually be in China and, due to hostile relations between the countries, destroyed secret documents aboard, put on their cold weather gear and hoped to be rescued. They were found by helicopter but injuries sustained by Lazarev kept him from ever flying again in space. He never fully recovered and died in 1990 at the age of 62.

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