Launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome; landing
with Soyuz TM-2
spacecraft 80 km
northeast of Arkalyk.
After launch the Soyuz TM-3 maneuvered from an
initial 231 X 217 km orbit to MIR's 311 X 359 km orbit.
Following a two day
solo flight Soyuz TM-3 docked the with the rear port of the MIR space station
on July 24, 1987. The spacecraft automatically docked to the Kvant1 port, but
they had to use a lever to break the hatch's seal.
's replacement aboard MIR, becoming Yuri
's new partner. The visiting expedition
observed Syria (Euphrat
experiment) and conducted materials processing
experiments, but also biological experiments.
Syrian guest cosmonaut
and Soviet cosmonaut Aleksandr
returned to Earth in
, who was diagnosed by ground based doctors as having
minor heart problems.
The spacecraft undocked from MIR at 08:34
on July 29, 1987. The Orbital Module was
jettisoned before retrofire and left in a 308 X 356 km orbit. Soyuz TM-2 landed
with the crew of Muhammed