Soyuz 6, Soyuz 7, and Soyuz 8 Photo Album Inscribed and Signed by all three crews, "G. Shonin, V. Kubasov, A. Filipchenko, V. Volkov, V. Shatalov, A. Yeliseyev Oct. 11-13 1969."
Containing twelve pages with eleven color photos and one B&W photo of the arrival and pre-launch activities.
Printed in Russian on the cover of this green and red bound photo album, "Flights of Spacecrafts, Soyuz 6, Soyuz 7, Soyuz 8, Cosmodrome October 1969."
The booklet is 11.5" x 8.25" and in very fine condition.
This is the Soviet government's secret historical photographs of the events at Baikonur that led to the first joint mission launch of three interacting spacecraft into space. The pictures included in the album are taken mostly from the top secret location of launch at Baikonur by government photographers. These were top secret photos of the events beginning with the crews' arrival at the Cosmodrome. Subjects include the preparation of the launch, the government commission and participants that were responsible for the flight, activities on the launch pad, journey to the launch pad, the rocket ready for launch, and more. All of these pictures could not - and most never would - be exposed to the public because of the top-secret designation placed on them by the U.S.S.R. government for over thirty-five years.
This album was made for one of the participants present at the launch-A. S. Shekhoyan.
A. S. Shekhoyan - test engineer, a specialist in the field of aviation and rocket and space technology. A.Shehoyan was appointed chairman of the Interdepartmental Commission and the responsible representative of the Ministry of General Machine Building at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. He was part of all testing process on this site.