Launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome; landing
175 km southeast of Dzheskasgan.
This spaceflight was the seventh
Interkosmos mission (with Arnaldo
, the first cosmonaut from Cuba).
Following a one day solo flight Soyuz 38 docked with the Salyut 6 space station
on September 19, 1980. The
recorded the ignition and operation of the transport's main engine. As
the spacecraft approached Salyut 6, the
could see only its headlights. Arnaldo
of Cuba and Soviet cosmonaut Yuri
docked without incident.
Scientific work to
find reasons of the space adaptation syndrome of the crew together with the
was done. Other goals were Earth observation, solar observation and
plant growing experiments, crystal growing experiments.
The launch and
landing occurred in darkness.