|Mission duration||114 days, 5 hours, 33 minutes, 49 seconds|
|Launch mass||7,070 kilograms (15,590 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||August 29, 1988, 04:23:11UTC|
|Launch site||Baikonur 1/5|
|End of mission|
|Landing date||December 21, 1988, 09:57:00UTC|
|Landing site|| 160 kilometres (99 mi) SE of Dzhezkazgan|
|Docking with Mir|
Soyuz TM-6 was the sixth manned spacecraft to visit the Soviet Space Station Mir. It was launched in August 1988, during the station's third long-duration expedition, Mir EO-3. The three person crew that was launched consisted of Research Doctor Valeri Polyakov, who became part of the EO-3 crew, as well as the two crew members of the week-long mission Mir EP-3, which included the first ever Afghan cosmonaut, Abdul Ahad Mohmand.
On September 8, Soyuz TM-6 was undocked from Mir's Kvant port and redocked onto the Mir Base Block's port. It remained there until December, when it brought Titov and Manarov of the EO-3 crew back to Earth. It also landed French astronaut Jean-Loup Chrétien, ending his week-long spaceflight which started with Soyuz TM-7.
|Position||Launching crew||Landing crew|
|Commander|| Vladimir Lyakhov
| Vladimir Titov
|Research Doctor/Flight Engineer|| Valeri Polyakov
Mir EO-3 / Mir EO-4
| Musa Manarov
|Research Cosmonaut|| Abdul Mohmand
| Jean-Loup Chrétien
Dr. Valeri Polyakov remained behind on Mir with cosmonauts Musa Manarov and Vladimir Titov when Mohmand and Lyakhov returned to Earth in Soyuz TM-5.
Its crew had a unique makeup, with a commander (Vladimir Lyakhov) who had been trained to fly a Soyuz-TM solo in the event a rescue ship needed to be sent to recover two cosmonauts from Mir, no flight engineer, and two inexperienced cosmonaut-researchers. One was Dr. Valeri Polyakov, who would remain aboard Mir with Titov and Manarov to monitor their health during the final months of their planned year-long stay. The other was Intercosmos cosmonaut Abdul Ahad Mohmand, from Afghanistan.
- "Mir EO-3". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
- The mission report is available here: http://www.spacefacts.de/mission/english/soyuz-TM-6.htm
- D.F.S.Portree (1995). "Mir Hardware Heritage". Retrieved 15 November 2010.
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