Soyuz 11 Photo Album. This blue album booklet contains extremely rare color photographs of secret Soviet pre-launch activities of the ill-fated Soyuz 11. This album is 11.75" x 8.5" and is in very fine condition. Written on the cover, "Soyuz 11,6-30 6. 1971, G. Dobrovolski, V. Patsayev, V. Volkov." Inside the cover is printed, "In memory of the flight of, Soyuz 11, Cosmodrome June 1971." The album consists of twelve pages of three B&W and ten color photos of the arrival and pre-launch activities at Baikonur Cosmodrome.

    This is the photographic record of the pre-flight activities that took the first manned mission to a space station, the Salyut 1. Cosmonauts Patsayev, Dobrovolski and V. Volkov were the first to occupy and live onboard the space station. Unfortunately, after the three-man crew had completed their tasks onboard the space station, they were killed on the last leg of the return flight when a valve remained opened on re-entry. For the first time, the once-unobtainable and secret Soviet photographs of these three heroes of space exploration are offered.

    The pictures included in the album were taken mostly at Baikonur, the top secret location of launch, by government photographers. These were top secret photos of the events, beginning with the crews' arrival at the Cosmodrome. Subjects include the preparation of the launch, the government commission and participants that were responsible for the flight, activities on the launch pad, journey to the launch pad, the rocket ready for launch, and more. All of these pictures could not - and most never would - be exposed to the public because of the top-secret designation placed on them by the U.S.S.R. government for over thirty-five years. This album was made for one of the participants present at the launch; he had top secret government clearance to have these photos in his possession.

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