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Today the Vozvraschaemyi Apparat was selected twice – by the German magazine “Der Stern” and “The Washington Post” – for the category The photos of the day.
Der Stern, 04.04.2014
Berlin, Deutschland. Einblick in die Sowjet-Raumkapsel Vozvraschaemyi Apparat, die in den 70er-Jahren an zwei Raumfahrtmissionen für das Almaz-Programm beteiligt war. Sie soll im Mai neben alten Kontrollmodulen und Raumanzügen in Brüssel versteigert werden. © Hauke-Christian Dittrich/DPA
The Washington Post, 04.04.2014
An original instrument panel from the Vozvrashchayemyi Apparat former Soviet space capsule and a Sokol KV2 spacesuit stand on display during a media preview in Berlin. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
A visitor peeks inside the Vozvrashchayemyi Apparat former Soviet space capsule during a media preview in Berlin before the capsule’s auction. The capsule, which could carry three astronauts, served on two Cosmos space missions in the late 1970s. It will be on display in Berlin from April 4-7 and is scheduled to be sold at auction in Brussels on May 7. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Today a special heavy goods vehicle loaded with the Russian space capsule Vozvrashchayemyi Apparat (VA) arrived in Berlin. The VA space capsule was brought to the Jüdische Mädchenschule (Auguststraße 11 in Berlin-Mitte) where this piece of space history will be available for public preview from 4 to 7 April, daily 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm and 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm.
Today at 1:45 pm flight SV 935 landed at the Frankfurt Airport – on board the space capsule Vozvraschaemyi Apparat (VA). The Boeing 747-800 took of this morning at the Saudi-Arabian capital Riyadh. After six hours of flight the space capsule has reached its destination. In a spectacular action the nearly two tonnes historic space vehicle was unloaded from the aircraft. In Saudia Arabia the VA was exhibited at a Science Fair.
The space capsule will reach Berlin in a special heavy goods vehicle for a Preview at the Jewish Girls’ School.
The VA Space Capsule (Vozvrashchayemyi Apparat) bears the serial number 1-11 Φ71B-0320-0 No. 060 and weighs 1.9 metric tonnes. It is 2.2 m high and it has a diameter of 2.8 m at the widest point of its floor.
The Sokol-KV2 spacesuit (No. 0360185) was worn by the Russian cosmonaut Alexander Kaleri on his flight to the MIR space station in the Soyuz TM24 spacecraft on 17 August 1996. Kaleri wore the same spacesuit on his return to Earth on 2 March 1997 (EO-22), and it carries the following insignia: the flag of the Russian Federation, the emblem of the Russian Space Agency (RSA) and the emblem of the orbital MIR Space Station.
Alexander Kaleri was born in 1956 and spent many years working on the development of the MIR Space Station. He was selected as a cosmonaut in 1984 and flew three long-term missions to MIR in 1992, 1996-1997 and 2000. This was followed by a joint mission with Michael Foale on the ISS Expedition 8, in 2003-2004, when the two men worked on the international space station. In 1992 Kaleri received the award “Hero of the Russian Federation”.