Soyuz 2

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This article is about the 1968 mission. For the mission identified by NASA as ISS Soyuz 2, see Soyuz TM-32. For the rocket, see Soyuz-2 (rocket).
Soyuz 2
Mission type Test flight
Orbits completed 48
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type Soyuz 7K-OK
Manufacturer OKB-1
Launch mass 6,450 kilograms (14,220 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date October 25, 1968, 09:00 (1968-10-25UTC09Z) UTC
Rocket Soyuz
Launch site Baikonur 1/5[1]
End of mission
Landing date October 28, 1968, 07:51 (1968-10-28UTC07:52Z) UTC;
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee 191 kilometres (119 mi)
Apogee 229 kilometres (142 mi)
Inclination 51.70 degrees
Period 88.60 minutes

Soyuz 2 (Russian: Союз 2, Union 2) was an uncrewed spacecraft in the Soyuz family intended to be the target of a docking maneuver by the manned Soyuz 3 spacecraft. It was intended to be the first docking of a manned spacecraft in the Soviet space program. Although the two craft approached closely, the docking did not take place and the first successful Soviet docking of manned spacecraft took place in the joint Soyuz 4 and Soyuz 5 mission.

Mission parameters[edit]

  • Mass: 6,450 kg (14,220 lb)
  • Perigee: 191 km (119 mi)
  • Apogee: 229 km (142 mi)
  • Inclination: 51.70°
  • Period: 88.60 min

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Baikonur LC1". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 2009-03-04. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Luna Cornea, Number 14, January/April 1998, p. 58,
  • The Fabricated Cosmonaut and the Nonexistent Prophecy, Luis Alfonso Gamez. Skeptical Inquirer Volume 30, number 5 (September/October 2006) p12.

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