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Salyut 6 (Russian: Салют-6; English translation: Salute 6) was a Soviet orbital station. Launched on September 29, 1977, the station was the first of the 'second-generation' type of space station, possessing several revolutionary advances over the earlier Soviet space stations, which it resembled in overall design, most notably a second docking port where an unmanned Progress cargo spacecraft could dock and refuel the station. The launch of Salyut 6 allowed the Soviet space station program to evolve from short-duration to long-duration expeditions, and marked the beginning of the transition to multi-modular, long-term research stations in space.
From 1977 until 1982 Salyut 6 was visited by five long-duration crews and 11 short-term crews, including cosmonauts from Warsaw Pact countries. The very first long-duration crew on Salyut 6 broke a long-standing endurance record set on board the American Skylab station, staying 96 days in orbit. The longest flight on board Salyut 6 lasted 185 days. The fourth Salyut 6 expedition deployed a 10-meter radio-telescope antenna delivered by a cargo ship. After Salyut 6 manned operations were discontinued in 1981, a heavy unmanned spacecraft TKS spacecraft, derived from hardware left over from the cancelled Almaz military space station program and flown under the designation Cosmos 1267, was docked to the station as part of a hardware test. Salyut 6 was deorbited on July 29, 1982, almost five years after her launch.
The astronaut says he does not believe other astronauts when they say they have never seen anything unusual in space
Soviet astronaut, USSR Hero Vladimir Kovalenok spent 217 days of his life living in space. The astronaut does not exclude the existence of extraterrestrial civilizations. “When I was working at the Salyut orbital station, I saw something strange in a porthole one day. The object was the size of a finger. I was surprised to see it was an orbiting object,” Kovalenko said at the press conference in Moscow on Friiday.
The astronaut added he called his partner Viktor Savinykh to take a look at the unidentified object in space. “It was hard to determine the size and the speed of an object in space. That is why I can not say exactly, which size it actually was. Savinykh prepared to take a picture of it, but the UFO suddenly exploded. Only clouds of smoke were left. The object split into two interconnected pieces. It was reminiscent of a dumb-bell. I reported about it to the Mission Control immediately,” the astronaut said.
Vladimir Kovalenok said they had not managed to photograph the object, Interfax reports.
”The Soviet press headlined the event widely. Soviet newspapers and magazines published a lot of articles and messages about it, but they were mostly critical articles. Journalists excluded the existence of the extraterrestrial reason,” Kovalenok was quoted as saying. The astronaut said nobody knows, what happened that day, when he saw the strange object in space. “It was probably a UFO, but it was definitely not mysticism – two people watched it at the same time,” said he.
When on Earth, Kovalenok learned specialists had registered considerable radiation emission the day the astronaut saw the object. “I do not believe it when astronauts say they have never seen anything extraordinary in space,” concluded Kovalenok
"they said, it was about 40meters long, made of metal, had some openings, and some kind of wings. it flew near the russian spaceship, about 20 or 30meters distance. the pilot told the control station anbout the ufo. after return to earth, he made a report, and he was told to dont tell anybody of what happened. the video and the radio traffic was never released. only after the collapse of the udssr, the pilot has the feeling, to tell the story unpunished. its always still classified as an ufo."
As regards the actions of these aliens after the star maps were displayed the first thing that came to mind was "follow me" however this does assume that they did not know the limited capabilities of Salyut 6 which is hard to swallow if they were an advanced race.
Of course they may have come to realize this and the close maneuvering may have been an invitation to board their craft and go somewhere else.
These are just idle musings and without further material data I fear this story will become mythos like so many others, I am happy though that at least I am aware of it now and thank the OP for posting, have a star
Apollo 11 launched on July 16, 1969, it carried Commander Neil Alden Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin Eugene 'Buzz' Aldrin, Jr. On July 20, Armstrong and Aldrin became the first humans to land on the Moon, while Collins orbited above.
Originally posted by Acharya
I think this was debunked here some years ago, if I remember correctly the debunker found that either the cosmonaut was never in the russian space program and/or that there was no such space mission at the claimed time. I tried to find the old article, but to no avail.