On This Day in Space! Aug. 8, 1977: Salyut 5 space station burns up in the atmosphere

On Aug. 8, 1977, the Salyut 5 space station fell out of space and burned up in Earth’s atmosphere.

Salyut 5 was a Soviet space station and part of the highly-secretive Almaz military space station program. It launched in 1976 and housed two crew of cosmonauts as they conducted military experiments and other scientific research in orbit. Originally, four crewed missions were supposed to go to Salyut 5. However, the third crew was unable to dock their spacecraft and had to return home.

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