Soyuz 27

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Soyuz 27
Mission typeCrewed mission to Salyut 6
Operator OKB-1
COSPAR ID 1978-003A
SATCAT no. 10560
Mission duration65 days
Orbits completed1025
Spacecraft properties
SpacecraftSoyuz s/n 44
Spacecraft type Soyuz 7K-T
Manufacturer NPO Energia
Launch mass6800 kg
Crew size2
Launching Vladimir Dzhanibekov
Oleg Makarov
Landing Yuri Romanenko
Georgy Grechko
Pamir Mountains
Start of mission
Launch date10 January 1978, 12:26:00 UTC
Rocket Soyuz-U s/n D15000-106
Launch site Baikonur, Site 1/5 [1]
Contractor OKB-1
End of mission
Landing date16 March 1978, 11:18:47 UTC
Landing site310 km at west of Tselinograd
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee altitude 198.9 km
Apogee altitude 253.8 km
Inclination 51.65°
Period 88.73 minutes
Docking with Salyut 6
Docking date11 January 1978, 14:05:54 UTC
Undocking date16 March 1978, 07:58:00 UTC
Soyuz programme
(Crewed missions)
  Soyuz 26
Soyuz 28  

Soyuz 27 (Russian : Союз 27, Union 27) was a 1978 Soviet crewed spacecraft which flew to the orbiting Salyut 6 space station, during the mission EP-1. [2] It was the third crewed flight to the station, the second successful docking and the first visitation mission. Once docked, it marked the first time that three spacecraft were docked together.


The main function of the EP-1 mission was to swap Soyuz craft with the orbiting crew, in so doing freeing a docking port for a forthcoming supply tanker. Cosmonauts Vladimir Dzhanibekov and Oleg Makarov returned to Earth in the Soyuz 26 spacecraft after spending five days on the station. The descent module is displayed at the Sergei Pavlovich Korolyov Museum of Cosmonautics in Zhytomyr, Ukraine. [3]


Position Launching CosmonautLanding Cosmonaut
Commander Vladimir Dzhanibekov
First spaceflight
Yuri Romanenko
First spaceflight
Flight Engineer Oleg Makarov
Third spaceflight
Georgy Grechko
Second spaceflight

Backup crew

Position Cosmonaut
Commander Vladimir Kovalyonok
Flight Engineer Aleksandr Ivanchenkov
The launching and landing crews had the same backups

Mission parameters

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