[FPSPACE] 40th Anniversary of the "April 5 Anomaly"
drew at drewexmachina.com
Sun Apr 5 07:34:28 EDT 2015
During the long history of crewed spaceflight, there have only been two
mission-ending, in-flight launch aborts. The first one took place 40
years ago today on April 5, 1975 during the flight popularly known in
the West as "Soyuz 18A" but referred to simply as the "April 5 anomaly"
by Soviet authorities. Meant to ferry a pair of cosmonauts to Salyut 4
for a 60-day mission, the failure of "Soyuz 18A" cast a shadow over the
joint Apollo-Soyuz mission scheduled for launch just over three months
Andrew J. LePage
Physicist & Writer
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