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Soyuz 30

Soyuz 30
Mission duration 7 days, 22 hours, 2 minutes, 59 seconds
Orbits completed 125
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type Soyuz 7K-T/A9
Manufacturer NPO Energia
Launch mass 6,800 kilograms (15,000 lb)
Crew size 2
Members Pyotr Klimuk
Mirosław Hermaszewski
Callsign Кавказ (Kavkaz - "Caucasus")
Start of mission
Launch date 27 June 1978, 15:27:21 (1978-06-27T15:27:21Z) UTC
Rocket Soyuz-U
Launch site Baikonur 1/5[1]
End of mission
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Landing site 300 kilometres (190 mi) W of Tselinograd
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee 197.6 kilometres (122.8 mi)
Apogee 261.3 kilometres (162.4 mi)
Inclination 51.66 degrees
Period 88.83 minutes
Docking with Salyut 6

Soyuz programme
(Manned missions)
← Soyuz 29 Soyuz 31

Soyuz 30 (Russian: Союз 30, Union 30) was a 1978 manned Soviet space flight to the Salyut 6 space station. It was the sixth mission to and fifth successful docking at the orbiting facility.[2] The Soyuz 30 crew were the first to visit the long-duration Soyuz 29 resident crew.

Soyuz 30 carried Pyotr Klimuk and Mirosław Hermaszewski, the first Polish cosmonaut, aloft.


  • Crew 1
    • Backup crew 1.1
  • Mission parameters 2
  • Mission highlights 3
  • References 4


Position Cosmonaut
Commander Pyotr Klimuk
Third spaceflight
Research Cosmonaut Mirosław Hermaszewski, IK
First spaceflight

Backup crew

Position Cosmonaut
Commander Valery Kubasov
Flight Engineer Zenon Jankowski, IK

Mission parameters

  • Mass: 6,800 kg (15,000 lb)
  • Perigee: 197.6 km (122.8 mi)
  • Apogee: 261.3 km (162.4 mi)
  • Inclination: 51.66°
  • Period: 88.83 minutes

Mission highlights

Soyuz 30 landing capsule at the Museum of Polish Military Technology in Warsaw
Heatshield of the capsule

The second Intercosmos mission was launched 27 June 1978 to the orbiting Salyut 6 space station. The Soyuz docked with the space station on 29 June, and cosmonauts Klimik and Hermaszewski were greeted by Vladimir Kovalyonok and Aleksandr Ivanchenkov, the resident crew who had been on board for 12 days. For the third time, the Salyut was a four-man orbiting space laboratory.[3]

The activities of the Soyuz 30 crew, however, were severely curtailed so as not to interfere with the Soyuz 29 crew. On the Soyuz 29 crew's rest day, the international crew had to stay in their Soyuz to perform their experiments.[4] Nevertheless, Hermaszewski conducted many experiments. One was crystallization experiments which produced 47 grams of cadmium tellurium mercury semiconductors for use by infra-red detectors on board the station. The yield was far greater - 50% compared to 15% - than ground-based experiments.[4]

The Soyuz 30 crew was trained, as all international crews, in the use of the MKF-6M camera. Training in part took place on a Tu-134 flying at 10 km to best mimic conditions on the station.[4] Hermaszewski photographed Poland in co-ordination with aircraft taking close-up photos, but bad weather over Poland limited the photo sessions.[4] They additionally filmed the Aurora Borealis.[3]

Hermaszewski participated in medical experiments which measured lung capacity and the heart during exercise and in a pressure suit. One experiment, which all four on board the station participated in, was Smak, a taste experiment which sought answers to why some food was less palatable in weightlessness.[4]

The Soyuz 30 crew packed their experiments into their capsule and returned to Earth 5 July, landing in a Rostov state farm field 300 km west of Tselinograd.[4]


  1. ^ "Baikonur LC1". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 2009-03-04. 
  2. ^ The mission report is available here:
  3. ^ a b Clark, Phillip (1988). The Soviet Manned Space Program. New York: Orion Books, a division of Crown Publishers, Inc.  
  4. ^ a b c d e f Newkirk, Dennis (1990). Almanac of Soviet Manned Space Flight. Houston, Texas: Gulf Publishing Company.  
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