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Space Shuttle Challenger bringing back Salyut-7

No work was ever done on this in the Shuttle Mission Simulator (SMS), so they were nowhere "close to an actual mission". Not even any testing. Source: I worked to some extent on all missions ...
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Why did Salyut 7 freeze over, while ISS requires massive cooling system?

Salyut 7 had a active cooling system as well. The heat exchangers are the large white panels, perpendicular to the solar panels, to be seen in photographs of the station. This is necessary on all ...
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Space Shuttle Challenger bringing back Salyut-7

From the article I can read that they were pretty close to a actual mission The article doesn't say this. It reports what a modern documentary claims, and then goes on to say that the documentary's ...
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When did astronauts/cosmonauts start cleaning and vacuuming space stations?

For the US space program, it started in Skylab. Vacuuming of the Orbital Workshop mixing chamber screen, the waste management compartment screen, and other environmental control system screens was ...
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Did Valentin Lebedev or any another Salut cosmonaut actually get suntanned for fun and/or for science?

It does seem that Lebedev and his crewmate Anatoliy Berezovoy did indeed suntan on Salyut-7. The NASA report references a column in 'Pravda', which published excerpts from the published diary of ...
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Did Salyuts have windows?

Descriptions for Salyut 1 through to Salyut 7 describe 20 portholes. At least 2 were on the transfer compartment (for Mir, at least 7 between Salyut 3-6). The rest seemed distributed in the floors and ...
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Why did Salyut 7 freeze over, while ISS requires massive cooling system?

A space station must expel the heat from its electronics. This heat can be considerable, which usually requires large radiators. If the station is dead, then the heat is expelled, without having the ...
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Does the depiction of water blobs in the Salut-7 movie reflect an actual event?

This is an artistic exaggeration. Hyperbole. Salvation of the Salyut-7 station: the cosmonaut Savinykh revealed the details of the feat The peak moment came when everything began to melt at ...
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Was TORU really used on Salyut space stations

An answer of two parts, part one: From what I have seen, http://www.hightechscience.org/toru.htm is the only site to include Salyut in the list of stations with TORU installed on it. And I do believe ...
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Was the Salyut 3 (OPS-/Almaz-2) the only spacecraft to feature a space-to-space gun?

Salyut 3 is the only publicly acknowledged space to space weapon that has been orbited. It's possible that there are others which have been deployed in secret. The outer space treaty does not prohibit ...
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Why did Salyut 7 go completely dead when its solar-array-pointing system failed?

Your assumption would be true for a simple, dumb system that is directly powered from its solar panels, but in a complex system like a space station there are several complications. First, we don't ...
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What was being manufactured on Salyut and Mir?

I have a (probably exhaustive) list of every smelting experiments that where done on the space stations (Sayult 5-7; mir) I could post it but it would take time to compile (There was many experiments ...
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Why was Voskhod 1 at an inclination of 64.7° degrees while Salyut 6 launched from the same latitude was at 51.7°?

The choice of an inclination of 51.7° for Salyut 6 (and all other space stations with Russian contribution) is straight forward: It's the lowest inclination that can be reached from Baikonur without ...
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Was the Salyut 3 (OPS-/Almaz-2) the only spacecraft to feature a space-to-space gun?

Space to Space weapons seemed like a good idea, but really isn't that great for orbiting spacecraft. First of all, what is the use case? It would only really work for spacecraft in a similar orbit. ...
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When did astronauts/cosmonauts start cleaning and vacuuming space stations?

Partial as short of time, will add later: This is partially useful: (describes cleaning in both Skylab and Salyut) https://www.google.co.uk/books/edition/Architecture_for_Astronauts/8RWKOxH1c8sC?hl=en&...
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