|Mission type||Mir visiting crew|
|Mission duration||9.84 days (launch to landing)|
|Began||7 June 1988|
|Ended||17 June 1988|
|Arrived aboard||Soyuz TM-5|
|Departed aboard||Soyuz TM-4|
|Callsign||Родни́к (Rodnik- Spring)|
Mir EP-2 was a visiting expedition to the Mir space station conducted in June 1988 by cosmonauts Anatoly Solovyev, Viktor Savinykh and Aleksandr Aleksandrov. Launched aboard the Soyuz TM-5 spacecraft, the crew spent ten days in space before returning to Earth aboard Soyuz TM-4. The mission occurred while the EO-3 crew were aboard Mir.
Solovyev commanded the mission, with Savinykh as his flight engineer, while Bulgarian Aleksandr Panayatov Aleksandrov flew as a research cosmonaut. Aleksandrov was the second Bulgarian to fly in space, the first being Georgi Ivanov, who flew on Soyuz 33. Ivanov failed to reach the Salyut 6 space station as his mission was aborted prior to docking due to an engine failure aboard his spacecraft Soyuz 33. As a result, prior to EP-2, Bulgaria was the only Eastern European Soviet ally to not have one of its citizens visit a Soviet space station.
|Commander||Anatoly Solovyev||First||7 July 1988
|17 July 1988
|Flight Engineer||Viktor Savinykh||Third|
|Research cosmonaut||Aleksandr Aleksandrov||First|
During his visit, Aleksandrov used nearly 2,000 kg of equipment delivered by Progress spacecraft to conduct 46 experiments in the Shipka programme.
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