Red stars in the East
In the silence and eerie stillness of the Salyut 5 space station, cosmonaut Boris Volynov was more than a little uneasy. It was 17 August 1976 and he was struggling to sleep. Together with his crewmate, Vitali Zholobov, he had been in orbit for exactly six weeks. Many journalists on the ground confidently expected the two men to return to Earth in early September, after a mission of around two months. This would not establish any new world records, since America's final Skylab crew had spent 84 days aloft in a mission which ended more than two years earlier.