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Forum:Soviet - Russian Space
Topic:Baikonur Cosmodrome: Soyuz "White Room"
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David CVery interesting thanks. "Alcohol shower"?
tnperri I always wanted to go into space but after watching the video and seeing how much room they have, I think I will have to wait until they invent the 'beam me up, Scotty' method.
Jay ChladekBelieve me, climbing into a Soyuz is not as glamorous as American spacecraft, so I am not surprised there isn't much footage. Things are rather cramped in that room from what I understand, so the last thing the closeout crew needs to worry about is a camera. They have enough to worry about, concentrating on getting their jobs done as it is.

It was explained to me that the cosmonauts entered the spacecraft through the open side door on the orbital module (the one used for EVAs in the early days). They shimmy down into the DM one at a time and a technician already in there straps the first two men in. Then the technician climbs out and the commander gets into the center seat. Then the same technician gets suspended upside-down as he straps the Soyuz commander in. It is hot, cramped and a lot of hard work and I am told those technicians "earn their pay". Once the crew is strapped in, the hatch between the DM and OM is closed and the technicians next secure the side hatch to the OM and finally bolt on the rocket covering.

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