Soyuz 4 & 5 – Docking, Spacewalks and Nearly Burning Up In The Atmosphere

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At the time Soyuz 4 & 5 was a great win for the Soviet space program, demonstrating for the first time the ability to rendezvous with another spacecraft and transfer crew between them. However years later it would be revealed that one of the spacecraft came close to being destroyed during reentry as the Service module failed to separate.

A lot of the archive footage in this episode comes from RetroSpaceHD who’s been transferring, cleaning up and uploading historic space footage.
These are a couple of the video sequences I used:

  1. 5Andysalive

    but there is such an amazing video on this event on youtube already!
    From what i read (Trailblazers), Gargarin just fitted the working class background better that was wanted for the PR.

  2. Lewis Massie

    Much better than BS’s video XD

  3. Maico

    great story telling ! This type of video looks a bit like how Paul Shillito works btw

  4. dimitri jordania

    4:42 uh *what’s with all the UFOs?*

  5. Kelseth Tulgey

    Great job once again . I Wonder what kind of add on and the version of kerbal ^^

  6. Jeremy Roy

    -40°C = -40°F I see what you did there

  7. Michael Farrell

    3:10 lmfao why he punch that dude?

  8. Dheeman Rajkhowa

    Kerbal Space Investigation begins!

  9. m Luby

    3:10 First Punch in Space? 🤜👨‍🚀 I bet he was… seeing stars! 💫

  10. BaumeisterJac k

    Nice to the story in detail, because i think, when i recall correctly, you talked about this in a live stream a long time ago. The story stuck with for a long time. Nice to hear it so detailed now.

  11. Reed Bowman

    I wish we had a From the Earth to the Moon style accurate video docudrama of the Soviet space program in the 1960s.

  12. Niklas Olsson

    Facing almost certain death, wait, let me write this down :D Very Man(e)y

  13. Albert Gérard

    This was the scariest thing i’ve ever heard

  14. mattmanyam

    Amazing story!
    Well done, sir. Thank you!

  15. AT Johnson

    Makes me feel 21 again

  16. SpacialKatana

    Hey Scott, gratz on reaching 1M subs !!!

  17. Des

    You do a bloody great story time! I love these history videos of yours, thanks Scott

  18. Bastian Nyström

    wow this had me on the edge of my seat haha, great job as always!

  19. secretspy711

    3:10 guy gets punched in the face haha

  20. Trippy Elite

    Wow, that was a amazing story that I’ve never heard. How terrifying, I cannot even imagine how tight his ass was clinched during reentry lol. Handled it like a true Russian tho

  21. OK Boomer

    What an amazing story. This is why I love this channel.

  22. Dencho Grozev

    Shipka are old bulgarian cigarettes. And I have to ask if they are as awful as you describe them… :) My father will know.

  23. Paul Haynes

    Thanks for that – very interesting, and a fine tribute to a brave man.

  24. Александр Александрович Кокшаров

    sir, thank you for such an unbiased coverage of the achievements of my long-suffering homeland))

  25. Strawberry God

    This man just basically free fell from space in a ford focus, and my brother cant aim for the water in the toilet.

  26. Ben Hollis

    What a great story, awesome work in bringing this to life! Love it!

  27. Juan Araluce

    “-38°doesnt matter if it’s farenheit or Celsius, it’s damn cold” true , -40 is where c and f are equal.

  28. Lazlow Rave

    Sure I’m late to the party, but, “Congrats on 1 MILLION SUBS!” Hope you maintain velocity, keep checking your staging, and fly safe!

  29. Figci Productions

    3:12 that’s what I call a Soviet Slap!

  30. Avida Dollards

    youtube is worth existing (I am a bit risky there since my Engling is horrendous…) just for your channel, Scott.

  31. 15gamers haven

    But Boris was going to survive…
    Me, yay!!
    Scott: well at least this long

  32. rjs1jd


  33. Brixxter

    Wow, that’s one of the most scary near death experiences in spaceflight I’ve ever heard.

  34. ancheloable

    Lol -40°C = -40°F exactly. So yeah in this one case it really doesn’t matter.

  35. SpeedyWings2323

    3:11 did he just unintentionally hit him? 😂

  36. stephen hennesy

    3:11 that guy took a hard right hook to the nose

  37. Antonin Besse

    This is an amazing story – first time I heard it. Thanks so much for sharing! Great video.

  38. Quinton Murdock

    Soyuz 4 launched on my -50th birthday. Fitting that this year on my birthday I got a pretty damn nice telescope.

  39. videolabguy

    Makes me think of the crazy cosmonaut from the movie, Armageddon!

  40. mmixLinus

    0:26 and Soyuz is the first word in CCCP

  41. TheGorby

    4:23 “Hey there, just delivering some mail. Crazy weather out there today!”

  42. Joe Flook

    Hi Scott!

  43. Joris

    4:50 that’s a pretty niche joke there Scott ;)

  44. Sam Ferguson

    “Is my hair grey?”
    NGL, I busted out laughing, and had to explain to my mom why I was laughing, and then she started laughing too.

  45. Starcloak Starside

    Amused. Even when one Russian is helping another put his EVA suit on, it looks like they’re fighting.

  46. eelooplanitia

    Everyone: Ushanka
    Scott, an intellectual: Fur hat

  47. Billy Hansen

    THANK YOU for not cropping in the archival footage to have it fill the wide screen. So many documentary filmmakers make it so much blurrier because they’re always scaling it up.

  48. Eric Marcel

    “it doesn’t matter if that’s degrees or Celsius or Fahrenheit that’s damn cold”
    -38F = -38.8889C
    It really doesn’t matter

  49. CLipka2373

    3:10 – I swear, they’re totally having a wrestling match there.

  50. Finn Tiedböhl

    4:50 -38 F is -38.9 in Celsius.

  51. Doping1234

    Absolute badass. Must have been hard to have lived through something so spectacular but not allowed to tell anyone about it.

  52. Christopher Doll

    Thank you for putting together a good version of this story. These Cosmonauts were some seriously brave souls

  53. wwttffkares

    3:10 dude literally punched him in the face. lol

  54. Adam Fairchild

    Quite a testament to the Soyuz decent module!

  55. j worldwide

    Soviet Space Program: KSP IRL.

  56. Kansja Rolon

    Hi Scott, what book is that you’re reading/showing on screen at 10:40?

  57. Dori Ownbey

    Minus 40 c and minus 40 f are exactly the same!

  58. Hans

    For anyone interested: similar things happened to Soyuz TMA 10 and Soyuz TMA 11 returning from ISS. The first one was hushed, but the second one had a NASA astronaut on board

  59. MrAssHolev

    Шипка were two-way cigarettes :)

  60. pulesjet

    Love hearing all of these Facts from the Past. Thank You…

  61. Red Rooster

    Soyuz are amazing spacecraft.

  62. amanuelamanuel

    Incredible story! Who the hell gave this a dislike?

  63. Christopher Willis

    Man the Soyuz is such a beautiful rocket system

  64. Mateusz Urbaniak

    Kerbals have much more termal durbality as i see

  65. sulijoo

    It’s actually amazing how few fatalities there have been in all of spaceflight. I just hope Elon Musk knows what he’s doing.

  66. Pintuxo

    Thank you Scott. Please make this kind of videos again. The final photo shows Gagarin and friends. The present Soyuz has decades of constant evolution and is more friendly to the astronauts/cosmonauts. I can’t wait to see the Dragon, the Starliner and the Dream Chaser up there. Hurry up folks!

  67. Jacob Lyman

    You did it wrong, there is supposed to be an Apollo command module where the orbital segment is and the Kerbals ride back inside the service module!

  68. Hyraethian Rabbit

    That brought tears to my eyes, A cosmonaut proper even in the face of death.

  69. RideNV

    Did he click a pen rapidly during the descent, and then upon landing, declare “I am invincible!”

  70. Googol

    Always happy to see a new Scott Manley video :)
    One of those channels where you can hit like the second you start watching because you know it’ll be a good vid.

  71. xMAC94x

    Vladimir: hey Aleksei, i’m bored.
    Aleksei: what can i do to help you.
    Vladimir: can you give me the news of today.
    Aleksei: Hold my Vodka

  72. Ryan Ritter

    Scott, you timm Dodd and spacexentric should do a cross-the-county tour!

  73. Scott Maday

    Am I the only one who doesn’t even bother to read the title of new videos by Scott Manley and instead justs immediately clicks on it?

  74. Alex Kantor

    So is a docking between two soyuz a Soyuz Soyuz then?

  75. Frequent Flyer

    Chris Hadfield mentioned this in his book. I think he said they pushed against the door to keep it closed as much as possible.

  76. tinkmarshino

    Scott… that was great! May of 69 I went into the U.S.M.C. we never got to hear much about the soviet space program even in the Corps.. I have read some things about the men and women of the soviet space program.. But the way you did it was fascinating.. thanks.

  77. Jan Negrey

    I know how scared I am when something goes wrong in KSP. To survive and persevere through it in real life takes a level of Bravery and mental fortitude that not everyone has.

  78. John Otter

    Nice presentation, Scott! I was glued to the screen!

  79. Don Jones

    Soyuz certainly was/is a robust design. A damn fine spacecraft.

  80. Yuri LM

    That Soyuz failed simply due to shear weight of his massive steel balls :) taking notes while flying into inferno… You got to have balls.

  81. Doug Bader

    Everyone now “doing space” is standing on the shoulders of giants.

  82. Alex Stauffer

    I absolutely love the image of a cosmonaut’s first few words to his rescuers being, ” *gestures to destroyed spacecraft* I’ve got a light, do you have a cig?”

  83. Carl Groover

    should boeing demonstrate docking before commercial crew?

  84. Dam Mad

    i love how you tell these obscure….but very important ….stories of human space endeavours. As far as i am aware, nobody else does this on such an unbiased level….peace.

  85. Brendan Nutley

    That is by far one of the most interesting stories I have heard in a long time, and the use of Kerbal graphics made it even more enjoyable. Thanks Scott!

  86. 1995hss

    Did he just get slapped in the face haha

  87. John Valerian

    That had to be horrifying. Soyuz is a beast though.

  88. Benjamin Nolan

    “Does my hair look grey now?” Legend. xD

  89. Jumbly Jumble

    I’m surprised there weren’t dozens more reentry disasters.
    Hooray for engineering and physics!

  90. deepblueskyshine

    “Shipka” (rosehip in bulgarian) is the name of a peak of the Balkan mountain, defended from storming ottoman army by bulgarian resistance in August of 1877 during Russian-Turkish war long after munitions and even boulders have finished so that they have to throw bodies of dead friends down the turkish soldiers just so to allow advancing russian armed forces to cross south of the mountain via nearby pass. That granit monument pictured on the cigarettes’ package is actually the tomb of those resistance soldiers on top of this very mountain peak. By the time of that space flight “Shipka” was indeed the cheapest (in whole Warsaw pact, I guess) bulgarian brand of cigarettes produced mainly by orders from Soviet Union.

  91. pentagramprime

    “In Soviet Union, when look at death, you record for podcast!”

  92. Jordan Macdonald

    It’s like a John Clarke skit in reverse. “So what went wrong?” “Well the front didn’t fall off.”

  93. James Muncy

    He’s still alive today, not for the lack of trying on the universe’s part.

  94. Anarchy Antz

    From the frying pan into the freezer.

  95. Zachary Hutchison

    “…it doesn’t matter if it’s in fahrenheit or centigrade, that’s _damn_ cold!”
    It also doesn’t matter because -38 F is about -38.9 C

  96. Imperative Games

    From empty void of space, to fire hell of re-entry, into frozen hell of Russian winter (-40 C)… And then he went into space again.
    If that’s not badass, I don’t know what is ^^

  97. Carolyn

    Let’s take a moment to notice the outstanding animation by Scott and KSP. What a way to explain something with perfect clarity!

  98. RealUnimportant

    Factoid: It literally doesn’t matter if it’s -40C or -40F, as that’s the one point where the scales match up :D

  99. Robin Lange

    *Spacecraft is upside down and burning, Volynov is literally staring at his death*
    Volynov: _I need to write this down for engineer comrades_
    *Rescue team finds him in his burnt down spacecraft by -40C with a broken jaw*
    Volynov: Got a cigarette comrade ?
    *_Doctor :_** you’ll never go to space again*
    Volynov : try and stop me comrade !
    What. A. Legend.

  100. Inqu'aanate

    * about to die burning up on re-entry *
    “Let me write this down”
    What a legend.

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