Launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome; landing
130 km east of Dzheskasgan.
Following a one day solo flight Soyuz T-3
docked with the Salyut 6 space station on November 28, 1980. Soyuz T-3 was the
first Soviet mission with three cosmonauts on board since 1971.
goals of the mission were overhauling and reactivating of the space station.
Maintenance work on the station was also done. The crew conducted the
Mikroklimat experiment to assess the station's living conditions, and began
work on the thermal control system. They also installed a new hydraulic unit
with four pumps, replaced electronics in the Salyut 6 telemetry system,
repaired electrical system faults and replaced computer in the onboard control
During their brief stay on Salyut 6, they performed the usual
experiments using the Splav and Kristall units, and studied biological
objects they brought with them in Soyuz-T 3. They used the Svetoblok and
Oazis units. Much of their time, however, was devoted to space station
The crew had to work on scientific experiments including
holografic record of photographies, experiments on the fields of Earth
observation, medicine, materials science and biology, using a so called
"greenhouse", which was the most interesting part for the media.
December 8, 1980 Progress 11 carried out an orbit correction for the