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RichieB16
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posted 04-26-2019 08:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for RichieB16   Click Here to Email RichieB16     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Cozmosis22:
In your recent Soyuz 26, 27, 28 set it looks like Georgi Grechko is quite the popular guy and appears to be on all three cards. Is there a particular reason why you are not identifying the cosmonauts in the photos?
No reason in particular to feature Grechko so prominently. All three of these cards have to do with the Salyut 6 EO-1 mission. With Soyuz 26 being the flight that launched them and Soyuz 27 and 28 being visiting flights. Photo options for Soviet missions have been a bit more challenging than US flights, so I've been limited with what I could find.

I picked the Soyuz 26 photo of Grechko because I really like it. It was an interesting photo of him floating inside Salyut 6 and it gives a good feel of the size of the station and what it looked like inside.

For the Soyuz 27 and 28 cards, I wanted to show the joint crews together. So both cards show the EO-1 crew (Romanenko and Grechko) with the respective vising crew.

RichieB16
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posted 05-02-2019 06:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RichieB16   Click Here to Email RichieB16     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
OK. I've had a super busy week and haven't had much time to work on this project. But, I got a few more done. This gets us through 1978.

#98 Soyuz 29

#99 Soyuz 30

#100 Soyuz 31

perineau
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posted 05-03-2019 01:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for perineau   Click Here to Email perineau     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice job once again!

RichieB16
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posted 05-06-2019 05:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RichieB16   Click Here to Email RichieB16     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here are a few more. These get us through the Salyut 6 EO-3 mission.

#101 Soyuz 32

#102 Soyuz 33

#103 Soyuz 34

RichieB16
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posted 05-07-2019 01:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RichieB16   Click Here to Email RichieB16     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This next group gets us through 1980:

#104 Soyuz 35

#105 Soyuz 36

#106 Soyuz T-2

#107 Soyuz 37

#108 Soyuz 38

#109 Soyuz T-3

I hope you enjoy them!

perineau
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posted 05-08-2019 01:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for perineau   Click Here to Email perineau     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Keep up the great work!

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posted 05-08-2019 05:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM1   Click Here to Email LM1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Excellent job!

RichieB16
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posted 05-12-2019 12:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RichieB16   Click Here to Email RichieB16     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This next batch gets this through 1981...and the return of US manned space flight:

#110 Soyuz T-4

#111 Soyuz 39

#112 STS-1

#113 Soyuz 40

#114 STS-2

I hope you enjoy them. More to come soon.

perineau
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posted 05-12-2019 02:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for perineau   Click Here to Email perineau     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Indeed we do - my, how time flies!

LM1
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posted 05-13-2019 04:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM1   Click Here to Email LM1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Excellent job!!

RichieB16
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posted 05-15-2019 12:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RichieB16   Click Here to Email RichieB16     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
OK, here is my next batch. This get us through 1982.

#115 STS-3

#116 Salyut 7

#117 Soyuz T-5

#118 Soyuz T-6

#119 STS-4

#120 Soyuz T-7

#121 STS-5

More to come soon! I hope you enjoy these new ones.

perineau
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posted 05-17-2019 01:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for perineau   Click Here to Email perineau     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As I was admiring your latest batch, a thought came to my mind - if US flights are blue and Russian missions are in red, what color will you use for the later Chinese flights?

RichieB16
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So, my plan is to have the Chinese flights have the same color scheme as the USSR flights but with the appropriate flag. Based on the national colors... that only makes sense to me.

However, the final USSR flight was Soyuz TM-13 in 1991... and the first Chinese flight didn't happen until 2003. So there is a large enough gap there in the set where I don't think there will be any confusion.

Beginning with Soyuz TM-14 in 1992, the Russian cards will have a "Russian Federation" theme and color scheme as opposed to the current USSR colors. I haven't decided exactly what that will look like but it will be different. My guess it will use a lighter blue as the base color.

perineau
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posted 05-18-2019 04:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for perineau   Click Here to Email perineau     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sounds good!

RichieB16
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posted 05-21-2019 01:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RichieB16   Click Here to Email RichieB16     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is 1983. Hope you enjoy!

#122 STS-6

#123 Soyuz T-8

#124 STS-7

#125 Soyuz T-9

#126 STS-8

#127 Soyuz T-10A

#128 STS-9

perineau
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posted 05-23-2019 08:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for perineau   Click Here to Email perineau     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Indeed we do!

LM1
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posted 05-26-2019 06:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM1   Click Here to Email LM1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The amount of effort that you have put into this series is amazing and appreciated.

RichieB16
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posted 05-27-2019 05:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RichieB16   Click Here to Email RichieB16     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm really glad you've liked them. It's actually been a lot more fun to create them than I had expected. It's been a fun hunt to find unique photos for each mission to try and avoid them feeling really repetitive.

It's also been extremely educational. I love learning about manned spaceflight, but I've always gotten a bit overwhelmed with the Russian space station flights and the shuttle because there were so many, they kinda blended together in my mind. This project is forcing me to really digest each mission and pull out a couple small details that made each flight unique. I have very limited sentence space on the back of each card so learning about the specifics of the flight and being brief has been a great learning experience.

My goal going forward is to release one year each week. This week I will post 1984... probably mid-week. All those cards are completed and I'm starting on 1985 which is quite the project in itself.

RichieB16
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posted 05-29-2019 11:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RichieB16   Click Here to Email RichieB16     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
OK, here is 1984. This one includes my all time favorite shuttle mission: STS-41-C. I hope you guys enjoy them.

#129 STS-41-B

#130 Soyuz T-10

#131 Soyuz T-11

#132 STS-41-C

#133 Soyuz T-12

#134 STS-41-D

#135 STS-41-G

#136 STS-51-A

I'll be posting 1985 next week. Thanks for looking!!!

perineau
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posted 05-30-2019 02:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for perineau   Click Here to Email perineau     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I prefer your version of 1984 to Orwell's!

Mike Dixon
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posted 05-30-2019 04:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Dixon   Click Here to Email Mike Dixon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can't commend you highly enough for this work.

Making it all available to us does you much credit.

RichieB16
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posted 06-04-2019 01:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RichieB16   Click Here to Email RichieB16     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
OK, here is the next batch.

This week is 1985, which is a special year for me because it was the year of my birth. By an astonishing coincidence, my favorite spaceflight in history was the first I was on this Earth for: Soyuz T-13. I think it's an amazing story that doesn't get told enough.

The Soyuz T-13 card was especially challenging for me because there was so much I wanted to say about the mission, but so little room on the back of the card.

But, here they are. I hope you enjoy them:

#137 STS-51-C

#138 STS-51-D

#139 STS-51-B

#140 Soyuz T-13

#141 STS-51-G

#142 STS-51-F

#143 STS-51-I

#144 Soyuz T-14

#145 STS-51-J

#146 STS-61-A

#147 STS-61-B

RichieB16
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OK, here is this week's release.

This week we have 1986. 1986 would have a tragic ending for NASA. The second shuttle launch of the year would end 73 seconds after launch resulting in the loss of Challenger and her seven member crew. STS-61-C commander Robert Gibson would later call this the "The End of Innocence" for the shuttle program.

Meanwhile, half way around the world... the USSR was beginning a new era of space exploration. The Soviet's launched their Mir Space Station would redefine how we lived in space.

I hope you enjoy:

#148 STS-61-C

#149 STS-51-L

#150 Mir Core Module

#151 Soyuz T-15

perineau
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posted 06-11-2019 01:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for perineau   Click Here to Email perineau     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Good idea to include the Mir core — I hadn't thought of that!

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posted 06-11-2019 03:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RichieB16   Click Here to Email RichieB16     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks. I'm actually planning on doing a card for each of the expansion modules as well. Kvant-1 will be posted next week.

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1987 is next. With the grounding of the Space Shuttle, 1987 belonged to the Soviet Union. We see the beginning of their planned long term Mir occupation. In 1987, two long duration expeditions would live on Mir (including the beginning of a year long stay) and one additional crew would visit. Additionally, the first expansion module would be added to the station.

#152 Soyuz TM-2

#153 Kvant-1

#154 Soyuz TM-3

#155 Soyuz TM-4

I hope you enjoy them. 1988 will be posted next week.

perineau
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posted 06-18-2019 12:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for perineau   Click Here to Email perineau     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great job as always.

For 1988, have you considered the Buran unmanned flight in November? It was the first fully automated shuttle spaceflight (a feat that the USA didn't match until 2010 with the X-37B) and the only one for Buran.

RichieB16
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I'm glad you like them.

To answer your question... yes Buran will be a part of the set. The Buran card is actually finished already. I've managed to get a couple years "ahead" of this project. That way I hope to be able to do a weekly release and not run out of material if I have to take a break for some reason. I'm currently working on the STS-45 card for 1992.

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Thank you for your efforts in this project. I have learned so much.

RichieB16
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I'm glad you are enjoying these. They have actually been a lot of fun to create and a very educational process for me.

This week is 1988.

1988 began with the year long Mir EO-3 mission having recently gotten underway. They would be visited by a pair of Soyuz spacecraft bring them fresh capsules and foreign visitors. They would be replaced onboard by EO-4 just before the end of the year.

NASA, having spent nearly three years redesigning components and protocols for the shuttle returned to flight with STS-26 in September. It would be the first two U.S. shuttle flights in 1988, the second nearly ending in disaster.

In addition, a unique event in space for 1988 — the launch of the Soviet Shuttle Buran in November. Intended to be the first test flight of a new program, Buran flew two orbits unmanned before landing. A promising program which would never fly again.

#156 Soyuz TM-5

#157 Soyuz TM-6

#158 STS-26

#159 Buran

#160 Soyuz TM-7

#161 STS-27

I'll post 1989 next week. I hope you enjoy them!

perineau
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posted 06-25-2019 12:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for perineau   Click Here to Email perineau     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great job on Buran - and everything else!

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Very nice assortment of manned space flights. With my new compilation I have had two brochures printed for my own use: USA 1961-1975 and USSR 1961-1986. As the next booklet is MIR/BURA 1986-2001 in planning.

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posted 07-01-2019 04:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RichieB16   Click Here to Email RichieB16     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
OK, this week we have 1989.

In 1989 the Space Shuttle Program was starting to get going again. The Shuttle would launch five times in 1989: one mission to deploy a TDRS Satellite, two missions to deploy planetary probes, and two missions dedicated to the DoD.

Meanwhile, Mir was slowing down a bit. Beginning in 1987 with the Mir EO-2 mission, the Soviet plan was to keep Mir occupied and establish a permanent residence in space. Only two years into the effort, they decided to put it on hold. The problem was, Mir Modules were delayed. It was decided to bring the crew onboard the station in the early part of 1989 home (EO-4) until additional modules were ready. This resulted in Mir being empty for 5 months. However, beginning with EO-5, Mir would remain occupied for nearly a decade.

#162 STS-29

#163 STS-30

#164 STS-28

#165 Soyuz TM-8

#166 STS-34

#167 STS-33

#168 Kvant-2

I will post 1990 next week. I hope you enjoy these. Thanks for looking!

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posted 07-02-2019 03:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for perineau   Click Here to Email perineau     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Keep up the great work!

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Here are the cards for 1990.

1990 was a big year for the Space Shuttle Program. The shuttle was launched six times with three of those missions having large landmark events.

This began with STS-32 retrieving the LDEF from orbit. Originally deployed by STS-41-C in 1984, it had remained in orbit far longer than planned and was soon to be lost if not recovered.

STS-31 deployed the long awaited, and way over budget Hubble Space Telescope. Unfortunately, the results were not what was expected.

Finally, STS-35 flew at the end of the year with ASTRO-1. Delayed nearly 5 years, the long awaited astronomy research flight finally left the ground in December.

Additionally, a pair of DOD missions flew and the Ulysses was deployed.

For the USSR, the story was a bit different. Mir remained manned during the entire year and the outpost was expanded...but financial issues began to show. The USSR was beginning to collapse and as a result the space program's budget started to struggle. Towards the end of the year, the first commercial space traveler was flown to help finance the program.

#169 STS-32

#170 Soyuz TM-9

#171 STS-36

#172 STS-31

#173 Kristall

#174 Soyuz TM-10

#175 STS-41

#176 STS-38

#177 STS-35

#178 Soyuz TM-11

I hope you enjoy these. I will post the cards for 1991 next week. Thanks for looking!

perineau
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posted 07-10-2019 12:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for perineau   Click Here to Email perineau     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great work, as usual!

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Lookin' good!

Mike Dixon
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It's been an extraordinary history. It's really worthy of a color plate book to be honest

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This week is 1991.

The Space Shuttle made six flights into orbit in 1991: Atlantis flew three mission, Discovery flew two, and Columbia flew one. A pair of missions were dedicated to the DoD, one deployed the Gamma Ray Observatory, one deploted a TDRS satellite, while the other two focused on scientific studies in space.

For 1991, economic issues continued to plaque the USSR and by extension the space program. Mir would remained manned throughout the year and EO-9 arrived on Soyuz TM-12. In an effort to continue funding the program, a British funded cosmonaut flew onboard as well. When her funding fell apart, she was still flown in the hopes foster good relationships with other nations.

In October, Soyuz TM-13 was launched which was originally scheduled to replace the entire EO-9 crew with EO-10. However, Flight Engineer Sergei Krikalyov's seat was sold to Austria to allow one of their researchers to fly. As a result, Krikalyov would extend into EO-10 and only the station's commander was replaced.

As it turned out, Soyuz TM-13 would be the final manned mission launched by the USSR. While EO-10 was in orbit, the USSR collapsed.

Here are the cards. I hope you enjoy them.

#179 STS-37

#180 STS-39

#181 Soyuz TM-12

#182 STS-40

#183 STS-43

#184 STS-48

#185 Soyuz TM-13

#186 STS-44

1992 will be posted next week!

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posted 07-16-2019 01:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for perineau   Click Here to Email perineau     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Really liked the color scheme transition from the USSR to Russia!


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