Soyuz 39

Soyuz 39

Soyuz 39
COSPAR ID 1981-029A[1]
SATCAT № 12366[1]
Mission duration 7 days, 20 hours, 42 minutes, 3 seconds
Orbits completed 124
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type Soyuz 7K-T
Manufacturer NPO Energia
Launch mass 6,800 kilograms (15,000 lb)
Crew size 2
Members Vladimir Dzhanibekov
Jügderdemidiin Gürragchaa
Callsign Pamir (Pamirs)
Start of mission
Launch date 22 March 1981, 14:58:55 (1981-03-22T14:58:55Z) UTC
Rocket Soyuz-U
Launch site Baikonur 1/5
End of mission
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Landing site 175 km SE of Dzhezkazgan
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee 197.5 kilometres (122.7 mi)
Apogee 282.8 kilometres (175.7 mi)
Inclination 51.6 degrees
Period 89.1 minutes
Docking with Salyut 6

Soyuz programme
(Manned missions)
← Soyuz T-4 Soyuz 40

Soyuz 39 was a 1981 Soviet manned space flight to the Salyut 6 space station. It was the fifteenth expedition, and carried the eighth international crew to the orbiting facility.[2] The crew visited Vladimir Kovalyonok and Viktor Savinykh, who had reached Salyut-6 ten days prior.

The flight carried Vladimir Dzhanibekov and Jügderdemidiin Gürragchaa into space. With this mission, Gürragchaa became the first Mongolian, and second Asian cosmonaut.

The Mongolian contribution for this mission had begun in 1967, when the president of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences Bazaryn Shirendev attended a conference of scientists from socialist countries in Moscow, where the Intercosmos project was announced.[3] Dzhanibekov and Gürragchaa performed about thirty experiments during the course of the mission.[4]


  • Crew 1
    • Backup crew 1.1
  • Mission parameters 2
  • Mission highlights 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Position Crew
Commander Vladimir Dzhanibekov
Second spaceflight
 Soviet Union
Research Cosmonaut Jügderdemidiin Gürragchaa
First spaceflight

Backup crew

Position Crew
Commander Vladimir Lyakhov
 Soviet Union
Research Cosmonaut Maidarjavyn Ganzorig

Mission parameters

  • Mass: 6800 kg
  • Perigee: 197.5 km
  • Apogee: 282.8 km
  • Inclination: 51.6°
  • Period: 89.01 minutes

Mission highlights

Coin commemorating the joint USSR-Mongolian spaceflight

Soyuz 39 docked with the first Mongolian cosmonaut aboard. The resident EO-6 crew assisted the Intercosmos crew with station equipment and oriented the station according to the needs of the visiting crew's experiments.

On 24 March, the cosmonauts installed cosmic ray detectors in the station's work and transfer compartments. On 26 March the cosmonauts performed the Illuminator ("viewing port") experiment, which studied the degradation of the station’s viewports. On 27 March, Vladimir Kovalyonok and Viktor Savinykh of the resident crew used the Gologramma ("hologram") apparatus to image a viewing port damaged by micrometeoroids. They repeated this experiment the next day, when they also collected samples of the station’s air and microflora and removed the cosmic ray detectors for return to Earth. 28-29 March were largely devoted to studies of Mongolia from space. The visiting crew also checked out their spacecraft on 29 March

The Soviet news service TASS noted that by 29 March, Salyut 6 had conducted 20,140 revolutions of Earth.


  1. ^ a b McDowell, Jonathan. "SATCAT". Jonathan's Space Pages. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  2. ^ The mission report is available here:
  3. ^ "Сансрын хамтарсан нислэг". Retrieved 21 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Зөвлөлт-монголын сансрын хамтарсан нислэгийн үеэр хийсэн эрдэм шинжилгээний сорил, туршилтууд". Retrieved 21 March 2012. 

External links

  • Website commemorating 30 years since the spaceflight