Salyut 7 – The forgotten rescue of a dead space station

In 1985 one of the most audacious space rescue missions was launched by the Soviets to recover a space station that had been dead for months due to an unknown fault.

A feat that was unparalleled in space exploration and rewrote the books on what was thought possible: and yet, its story has fallen into obscurity and conspiracy theories.

This is the story Salyut 7 and how the Soviet crew of two, Vladimir Dzhanibekov and Victor Savinikh against the odds rescued it in a daring mission that was the first of its kind in space exploration.

**Apologies to all the Russian speakers out there on the mispronunciations of the crew names, hopefully, next time I will have a better source for how they are meant to sound**

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Presented by
Paul Shillito

Written and Researched by
Andy Munzer

Additional Material by
Paul Shillito

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