|Mission duration||91 days, 10 hours, 46 minutes, 25 seconds|
|Launch mass||7,000 kilograms (15,000 lb)|
|Crew size||3 up|
Abdul Ahad Mohmand
|Callsign||Родни́к (Rodnik- Spring)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||June 7, 1988, 14:03:13UTC|
|Launch site||Baikonur 1/5|
|End of mission|
|Landing date||September 7, 1988, 00:49:38UTC|
|Landing site||202 kilometres (126 mi) SE of Dzhezkazgan|
|Perigee||173 kilometres (107 mi)|
|Apogee||241 kilometres (150 mi)|
|Docking with Mir|
Soyuz TM-5 was the fifth cosmonaut-carrying spacecraft to visit the Russian Space Station Mir. It was launched on June 7, 1988, carrying the Mir EP-2 mission's three-person crew. This week-long stay on Mir occurred during the third long-duration Mir expedition, Mir EO-3. The crew of EP-2 returned to Earth aboard Soyuz TM-4, while the TM-5 spacecraft remained docked to Mir, acting as the lifeboat for the long-duration crew. On September 7, 1988, the TM-5 spacecraft undocked from Mir, and landed Mir EP-3 mission's two-person visiting crew. The de-orbit procedures for Soyuz were revised after this flight, as multiple issues almost prevented the descent module's safe de-orbit and landing.
|Position||Launching crew||Landing crew|
|Commander|| Anatoly Solovyev
| Vladimir Lyakhov|
Third and last spaceflight
|Flight Engineer|| Viktor Savinykh
Third and last spaceflight
|Research Cosmonaut|| Aleksandr Aleksandrov
| Abdul Ahad Mohmand|
|Aleksandrov was the first Bulgarian cosmonaut to visit a space station. Mohmand was the first Afghan cosmonaut.|
Soyuz TM-5 launched on 1988 June 7 and arrived at Mir on June 9 carrying the second Bulgarian in space, Alexandrov (not to be confused with the Soviet cosmonaut of the same name). He became the first Bulgarian to reach a Soviet space station (Georgi Ivanov failed to reach Salyut 6 on Soyuz 33 in 1979—Alexandrov was his backup). Their launch had been advanced by 2 weeks late in the planning stages to improve lighting conditions for the Rozhen astronomical experiment.
On September 5 cosmonauts Lyakhov and Mohmand undocked from Mir. They jettisoned the orbital module and made ready for deorbit burn to return to Earth. During descent, the spacecraft experienced a computer software problem combined with a sensor problem. This caused their landing to be delayed by a full day. The Descent Module, where they spent this 24-hour period, had no sanitary facilities. They would not have been able to redock with Mir because they had discarded the docking system along with the orbital module. Reentry occurred as normal on September 7. Following this incident, the Soviets decided that on future missions, they would retain the orbital module until after deorbit burn, as they had done on the Soyuz Ferry flights.
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- David Michael Harland (February 2005). The story of Space Station Mir. Springer-Verlag. p. 424. ISBN 0-387-23011-4.
- D.S.F. Portree. "Mir Hardware Heritage" (PDF). NASA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 August 2009. Retrieved 26 November 2010.