Launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome; landing
65 km northeast of Arkalyk.
Following a one day solo flight Soyuz T-6
docked manually with the Salyut 7 space station on June 25, 1982 because of
problems with the automatic docking systems. Common work with the
Several joint Soviet-French scientific research and
experiments, including a series of French echography cardiovascular monitoring
system experiments, were performed. Jean-Loup
was the first French and West European
astronaut. While aboard the station, the resident crew afforded him the
opportunity to eject Salyut 7's weekly bag of waste into space through the
station's small trash airlock. Valentin
, writing in his diary, quoted Jean-Loup
as saying Salyut 7 "is simple, doesn't look
impressive, but is reliable."