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    Soyuz 4 and Soyuz 5 Photo Album Inscribed and Signed in Russian on the inside cover by both crews, "To Kerim Kerimov for memories of the crews of the spacecraft Soyuz 4, Soyuz 5 V. Shatalov, B Volynov, Ye. Khrunov, A. Yeliseyev." All have written the date of January 20, 1969. Also included are the signatures of other dignitaries. Printed on the cover, "Flight of Soyuz 4 and Soyuz 5." The album is bound in red and is twenty-one pages containing twenty secret government color images of the arrival and pre-launch activities at Baikonur. The album is 11.5" x 8.25" and in very fine condition.

    This is the Soviet government's secret historical photographs of the events at Baikonur that led to the first exchange of crews in space while the spacecrafts were docked. The pictures included in the album are taken mostly from the top secret location of launch at Baikonur 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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    June, 2011
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