|Mission duration||7 days, 21 hours, 50 minutes, 52 seconds|
|Launch mass||6,850 kilograms (15,100 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||24 June 1982, 16:29:48UTC|
|Launch site||Baikonur 1/5|
|End of mission|
|Landing date||2 July 1982, 14:20:40UTC|
|Landing site||65 kilometres (40 mi) NE of Arkalyk|
|Perigee||189 kilometres (117 mi)|
|Apogee||233 kilometres (145 mi)|
|Docking with Salyut 7|
The Soyuz-T spacecraft arrived at Salyut 7 following launch on 24 June 1982 and one day of solo operations. During the T-6 mission's time docked to the station, the crew performed joint Soviet-French experiments, including cardiovascular echography, alongside the station's resident crew.
|Flight Engineer||Aleksandr Ivanchenkov
|Research Cosmonaut||Jean-Loup Chrétien
|Flight Engineer||Vladimir Solovyov
|Research Cosmonaut||Patrick Baudry
- Mass: 6850 kg
- Perigee: 189 km
- Apogee: 233 km
- Inclination: 51.7°
- Period: 88.7 minutes
Soyuz T-6 launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on 24 June 1982 at 16:29 GMT. Docking with the Salyut 7 station was completed manually after problems arose with the spacecraft's onboard automatic docking systems.
The mission transported the first French astronaut, Jean-Loup Chrétien, into space. While aboard the station, the resident crew afforded him the opportunity to eject Salyut 7's weekly bag of waste into space through the station's small trash airlock. Valentin Lebedev, writing in his diary, quoted Chrétien as saying Salyut 7 "is simple, doesn't look impressive, but is reliable."
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