The UFO Files
while in orbit aboard Salyut-6 Space Station
Date: May 5, 1981
Summary: Cosmonaut Major General Vladimir Kovalyonok, had an encounter during the Saljut VI Mission in 1981. "I just made some gymnastic exercises, when I saw in front of me, through a porthole, an object which I could not explain... I saw this object and then something happened I could not explain, something impossible according to the laws of Physics."
Full Report / Article
Source: Michael Hesemann, International UFO Congress (2002)
COSMONAUT MAJOR GENERAL VLADIMIR KOVALYONOK:
Many cosmonauts have seen phenomena which are far beyond the experiences of earthmen. For ten years I never spoke on such things. The encounter you asked me about happened on May 5, 1981, at about 6 PM, during the Saljut Mission. At that time we were over the area of South Africa, moving towards the area of the Indian ocean. I just made some gymnastic exercises, when I saw in front of me, through a porthole, an object which I could not explain. It is impossible to determine distances in Space. A small object can appear large and far away and the other way around. Sometimes a cloud of dust appears like a large object. Anyway, I saw this object and then something happened I could not explain, something impossible according to the laws of Physics. The object had this shape, elliptical, and flew with us. From a frontal view it looked like it would rotate in flight direction.
It only flew straight, but then a kind of explosion happened, very beautiful to watch, of golden light. This was the first part. Then, one or two seconds later, a second explosion followed somewhere else and two spheres appeared, golden and very beautiful.
After this explosion I just saw white smoke, then a cloud-like sphere. Before we entered the darkness, we flew through the terminator, the twilight-zone between day and night. We flew eastwards, and when we entered the darkness of the Earth shadow, I could not see them any longer. The two spheres never returned.
SOURCE: UFO Evidence Case ID: 396
Russian Astronaut Says He Saw
A UFO In Orbit
Summary: Soviet astronaut, USSR Hero Vladimir Kovalenok spent 217 days of his life living in space. "When I was working at the Salyut orbital station, I saw something strange in a porthole one day. The object was the size of a finger. I was surprised to see it was an orbiting object," Kovalenko said at a press conference in Moscow.
Soviet astronaut, USSR Hero Vladimir Kovalenok spent 217 days of his life living in space. The astronaut does not exclude the existence of extraterrestrial civilizations. "When I was working at the Salyut orbital station, I saw something strange in a porthole one day. The object was the size of a finger. I was surprised to see it was an orbiting object," Kovalenko said at the press conference in Moscow on Friday.
The astronaut added he called his partner Viktor Savinykh to take a look at the unidentified object in space. "It was hard to determine the size and the speed of an object in space. That is why I can not say exactly, which size it actually was. Savinykh prepared to take a picture of it, but the UFO suddenly exploded. Only clouds of smoke were left. The object split into two interconnected pieces. It was reminiscent of a dumb-bell. I reported about it to the Mission Control immediately," the astronaut said.
Vladimir Kovalenok said they had not managed to photograph the object, Interfax reports.
"The Soviet press headlined the event widely. Soviet newspapers and magazines published a lot of articles and messages about it, but they were mostly critical articles. Journalists excluded the existence of the extraterrestrial reason," Kovalenok was quoted as saying. The astronaut said nobody knows, what happened that day, when he saw the strange object in space. "It was probably a UFO, but it was definitely not mysticism - two people watched it at the same time," said he.
When on Earth, Kovalenok learned specialists had registered considerable radiation emission the day the astronaut saw the object. "I do not believe it when astronauts say they have never seen anything extraordinary in space," concluded Kovalenok.
SOURCE: UFO Evidence Article ID: 397
Originally posted by spacebot a member of ATS Post ID 4202058
IMO I have to think that this, the dumb-bell object, was a larger vehicle that carried the 8 to 10 meters smaller spaceship near the vicinity of the Salyut 6 orbit. What I've discovered with my research is that this dumb bell object probably displayed above from the link posted by itisibrian, was THE SAME object the crew of Apollo 11 saw, (and Buzz Aldrin confirmed) to their trip to the moon!
Here is the object seen from inside Apollo 11!
I have even made a CGI model of this object 2 years back but I must search for it. It mostly resembles the sketch in the first picture which is the Russian sighting.
Now notice another sketch by Vladimir Kovalyonok (the cosmonaut with the camera) the egg shaped object in the right in front of the large bell that holds another vehicle inside, might have been connected to the ship at the front and was detached later, also it could be with enhanced luminosity compared to the other parts of the dumb-bell!, we can see them all connected together in the Apollo 11 video here if my theory is correct! Also it would add more credibility to the Salyut 6 contact and prove Kovalyonok was not trying to pull something for personal benefits!
|May 14, 1981; in space, from
onboard the Soyuz T-4 spacecraft
Cosmonauts Savinikh and Kovlenok observed a strange object from their space station. At first the object was 1/2 mile away but it eventually approached to a distance to 300 feet. Inside the cosmonauts saw three brown skin beings with slanted bright blue eyes. straight noses and bushy eyebrows. At a distance of 100 feet, the witnesses thought that the beings resembled mechanical robots. The beings facial expressions remained quite emotionless. The beings onboard the object requested close contact with the Soviet craft but this request was denied. Their craft shifted around erratically and from time to time it would vanish, but then reappear in an instant. Their craft seemed to be metallic, but it had no doors no solar batteries, no optical systems, no antennae and no marks or writing of any kind, it was spherical with eight windows and 16 other strange transparent illuminated spheres arranged throughout the hull. The cosmonauts also noticed quite normal looking armchairs, some devices, and walls inside the craft. Using a pair of powerful binoculars the cosmonauts saw the beings showing them what appeared to have been a star map. (HC addition # 3252, Source: Paul Stonehill, The Soviet UFO Files)
SOURCE: NICAP Listing
|Russian Astronaut saw UFO in
Front page / Science
The astronaut says he does not believe other astronauts
when they say they have never seen anything unusual in space
The astronaut added he called his partner Viktor Savinykh to take a look at the unidentified object in space. “It was hard to determine the size and the speed of an object in space. That is why I can not say exactly, which size it actually was. Savinykh prepared to take a picture of it, but the UFO suddenly exploded. Only clouds of smoke were left. The object split into two interconnected pieces. It was reminiscent of a dumb-bell. I reported about it to the Mission Control immediately,” the astronaut said.
Vladimir Kovalenok said they had not managed to photograph the object, Interfax reports.
”The Soviet press headlined the event widely. Soviet newspapers and magazines published a lot of articles and messages about it, but they were mostly critical articles. Journalists excluded the existence of the extraterrestrial reason,” Kovalenok was quoted as saying. The astronaut said nobody knows, what happened that day, when he saw the strange object in space. “It was probably a UFO, but it was definitely not mysticism – two people watched it at the same time,” said he.
When on Earth, Kovalenok learned specialists had registered considerable radiation emission the day the astronaut saw the object. “I do not believe it when astronauts say they have never seen anything extraordinary in space,” concluded Kovalenok.
SOURCE: Russian astronaut saw UFO in spaceship porthole - Pravda 16.08.2004
|Salyut UFO sighting: Reference
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (article now deleted from Wikipedia)
Between May 14 and May 18, 1981, cosmonauts Vladimir Kovalyonok and Viktor Savinykh supposedly established a contact with an object of unknown origin while working at the Salyut 6 orbital station.
The two-man crew of the Soyuz T-4 docked with Salyut 6 on March 12, 1981 and were to spend 75 days in orbit. On May 14, Kovalyonok was conducting scientific experiments when he noticed a round object appearing a kilometer away. He alerted Savinykh and they observed the object. Kovalyonok took a camera and filmed the object for 45 minutes. The object seemed to be half the size of the Salyut 6 (about 8 meters). For the rest of the day, the UFO remained at that position. In the next cosmic day, it was only 100 meters away. Now that it was closer, the cosmonauts observed it more carefully: There was no sight of a propulsor or anything similar which could have given the ship an impulse to get closer. The ship had 24 windows, divided between three levels. They could see also three humanoid creatures. The creatures were wearing helmets, but it was still possible to see their faces: Big eyebrows, straight noses, and big blue eyes, which didn't express any emotions. According to the cosmonauts, none of the muscles on the face was moving, and all their movements seemed normal, although mechanical and artificial.
As the beings appeared to be friendly, the cosmonauts requested permission from Earth to try some visual and physical contact. The first was cleared, but the second was denied. Kovalyonok grabbed and opened a map of the universe to the beings. They answered and opened theirs, which was much more precise and complete. They pointed to the Solar System inside the Milky Way. Kovalyonok then made a positive sign with his hand. The being answered with the same gesture, and then the space ship went away very fast, but soon it was back. They repeated the action six times in all, with no clear reason.
Using a powerful flashlight, Kovalyonok tried to communicate via Morse code, by signalling: "Soviet cosmonauts salute Earth visitors." in Russian. The beings didn't understand, so Kovalyonok tried to signal "Are you receiving us?" in English, but again there was no answer. He tried to use binary language. He signalled 101101 with the flashlight. The message was not a simple answer to Kovalyonok's words, but a Logarithm to the base used by him.
The next day, the beings were flying outside the ship. The cosmonauts requested permission to disembark, but it was denied. On the fourth day, the ship disappeared.
In June 18, 1981, the Gosplan called an extraordinary meeting. Several soviet authorities, ufologists and cosmonauts attended the meeting. Kovalyonok and Savinykh were present and Soyuz 3 cosmonaut Georgi Timofeyevich Beregovoi also participated. Kovalyonok presented the video he filmed with his camera, showing the UFO and its beings.
SOURCE: The Full Wiki
|On September 24, 1984, the Journal headline brought
prominently in its pages an impressive news.
On June 18, 1981, Gosplan (Ministry of Planning of the former USSR) has convened an extraordinary meeting. On occasion were present several ufologists, cosmonauts and Soviet authorities, including military. Its moderator was the very chief of the Soviet space program, General Georgi Timofeevict Beregovoy. By his side was Vladimir Kovalyonok, cosmonaut who, along with Viktor Savinikh, stayed 77 days in space aboard the Salyut-6 station in 1981.
At the meeting, the cosmonauts would have declared that the Salyut-6 had made contact with a ship of unknown origin for 4 days (with interruptions) that orbited along with it, at a distance of 400 km of our planet. The event would have involved the astronauts, and Kovalyonok Savinikh, three unknown beings and the mysterious that the vehicle had the shape of a sphere and only half the size of the Salyut-6, 16 meters long.
According to the description of the cosmonauts, the vehicle also had no bumps like solar panels, which the spacecraft are usually normal extract energy. The two ships met on May 14, 1981, near the end of the prolonged stay of two Russian astronauts.
At the meeting, after a brief introduction of Gen. Beregovoy, everyone would have seen an amazing movie, a document made by Soviet cosmonauts during the period in which the two ships kept in touch. The film was shot through the portholes of a Salyut-6. The unknown craft, at times, appears at a distance of only 40m.
It tells the story that the two astronauts were working on his scientific experiments, after 75 days of stay in the cosmos, when Kovalyonok observed a spherical object, rising suddenly from a distance of about 1,000 m, and warned Savinikh. Spent some time looking through two separate hatches. Kovalyonok picked up a camera and shot the first frames of which became a movie in 45 minutes. He had no explanation for what was happening. With the help of binoculars saw the other ship hatches.
During the first 24 hours, that is, all day May 14, 1981, the mysterious object remained stationary in front of the Salyut-6, without showing signs of life. Suddenly, by agreeing on the day following the cosmic, the two astronauts saw the unidentified ship closer, less than 100 meters away.
According to the cosmonauts, the unidentified ship had moved without using jets, pulse or any other visible features. Even up close, not denoting any slip on its surface smooth, uniform, silver. The astronauts identified a number of windows, 24 in all, on three levels, and three human-looking heads back, respectively, three portholes.
Through the windows, could see light beings who wore helmets, hoods like tight, and thus their faces partially covered. But three quarters of the faces were visible through transparent displays. Eyebrows were long, thick and straight noses. But what most impressed the cosmonauts were the eyes - huge, blue, two times higher than those of humans - fixed, without showing the slightest sign of emotion. Not a muscle moved on their faces.
Later that day, and during the next day, showing how humans are friendly, willing to enter into communication, Kovalyonok would request authorization to establish contact with Earth more immediate. He received permission to try to exchange visual messages, but asking about the possibility of physical contact, Mission Control replied with a nyet.
The cosmonauts were feeling quite at home against the very human behavior of strangers, whose ship changed position frequently, without difficulty. On one occasion came A Dis 30 meters from the Soviet station. The astronauts could not only see the strangers, but also to observe their movements, which looked human, though very hard, mechanical and artificial.
The cosmonauts then have a big open sky map near the door. The letter showed our solar system in the center. Kovalyonok was surprised when one of the beings drew his own map. Kovalyonok saw the solar system on one side. There was never any doubt that they were equipped with navigation maps of absolute accuracy and pointed to the portion of our galaxy with any precision. Kovalyonok nodded, putting his thumb up, and the strange being, without smiling, did the same thing. Then their ship departed at a very high speed. In the next orbit, was back. She turned away six times in all, never for a reason.
Using a torch, Kovalyonok would have tried to communicate, first in Russian, using Morse code, signaling: "Soviet cosmonauts greet visitors to Earth." The strange beings do not understand. He then tried a message in English: "Are you receiving us?", Also in Morse. No answer. So he tried a mathematical figure, using a brief light to ZERO and ONE for a long, and signaled the number 101101. Soon after came a light signal in response. The message was not just mere repetition of cipher Kovalyonok and was being decrypted with a logarithm base used by Kovalyonok.
The next day, human beings would have left the ship and walked through the space. They had about two feet tall and wore the same clothes. The cosmonauts would then also request permission to leave, which was denied. On the fourth day the ship disappeared.
For some reason, according to the report reproduced by Headline Review, Kovalyonok Savinikh and had grown accustomed to those strange beings, silent and antiemotivos.
Despite the importance that such an event would have been made public and if confirmed true, very little reflected the bombastic headline magazine report. Did not even own a lot of hype after that, which contributed to the episode had left - and even whether any research had been carried out to reveal it - entirely in obscurity ...
This case was taken from an article published in the Journal headline of September 24, 1984, with adjustments of the Journal Editorial Vigil.
SOURCE: Salyut UFO sighting at Revista Vigília - Caso Salyut-6 - (Google Translation)
|The following article, translated from its original
Portuguese, is reprinted with permission from the Sept/Oct, 1985 issue
of Brazil's UFOLOGIA, possibly the largest-circulated UFO magazine in the
30,000 circulation. Translator Catherine Solange is now working on another UFOLOGIA story, also by Luis Gonzaga, which attempts to explain a theory of extraterrestrial classification based on spiritual hierarchies.
SOVIETS RELEASE INFORMATION ABOUT
E.T.-ASTRONAUT CONTACT ON SALYUT
UFO crew members appeared in space and interacted extensively with the three Solviet cosmonauts who linked up with Salyut 6 in early 1981. Surprisingly, the U.S.S.R. has elected to release some ot the information on the history-making encounter.
During their Salyut 6 msiiion that began in March and
ended in late May, 1981, Soviet cosmonauts Vladimir Kivalyonok and Viktor
Savinikh maintained extraordinary contact with three human interplanetary
aliens. For an extended period of time, the cosmonauts watched as these
aliens operated an extremely advanced, circular
Public awareness of this event was held back until 1984, when the September 24 issue of `Manchete' was published. Displayed on that issue's cover was the face of international model Jushiu Manegal, In a relatively minor position on the inside left-hand corner of the cover we read the sensational words: "Russians Encounter UFO's".
For approximately four days, with periodic interruptions, the Salyut 6 and the round UFO orbited 400 kilometers above Earth. The crews interfaced to approximately 30 meters of distance between their two
Shaped like a ball, the alien ship measured an estimated 9 to 10 meters in diameter. The circumference of the UFO was ringed with eight symmetrical portholes, or windows. Sixteen additional transparent areas, eight above and eight below the UFO's center area, were lit up in a way that sugeested some automatedform of lighting.
By this interior light, the cosmonauts were able to observe a relatively conventional-looking cabin space within the craft, exhibiting control panels, chairs, retaining walls and other equipment and structures. The surface sheen of the craft looked metallic. No obivous points of entry and exit were seen, and the Soviets also noted a remarkable absence of assumed necesities on the ship's exterior-identifying marks, antennae, optical systems terminals, solar panels and the like.
The encounter was initiated on May 14, when through his porthole, cosmonaut Kovalyonok spotted the round object in front of the Salyut 6 from about 1,000 meters distance. He had made out the ship's portholes with long-distance binoculars.
The following day, the cosmonauts were surprised to see that the UFO had moved in much closer, within 100 meters of the Salyut. Since their unterstanding of propulsion systems was limited to the disposable resources of Earth's rocket technology, the cosmonauts were perplexed that the UFO could produce such a vast alteration of its orbit: If rockets were used for propulsion, escape hatches for attendant fuel emissions were noticably lacking on the aliens' stark craft!
Positioned by the portholes were three beings of human aspect clearly making various gestures. They were of a solemn and serene countenance, reminiscent of devout Hindus, with straight noses and thick eyebrows visible above their enormous, slanted blue eyes. They looked out at the cosmonauts with a deep and penetrating gaze, yet displayed no emotional qualities in terms of our understanding of emotions. At one point, the cosmonauts asked their Soviet base of command for permission to make contact with these unknown voyagers. The immediate response that got back was a decisive and definite, "no," that the only manner of contact they could utilize must be instrumental.
Little by little, the alien ship was getting closer to the Salyut, and at an unimaginable velocity. Ti would appear and disappear at various angles. For frations of a second, it would disappear behind the Earth and then reappear in a new relative position, stopping abruptly with no apparent effect on the crew members. In one of its reappearances, the alien ship stopped within 30 meters of the Salyut.
On impulse, cosmonaut Kovalyonok opened a celestial map and took it to the window. To his amazement, he noticed that two of the aliens did exactly the same thing, opening a map so that Kovalyonok could clearly perceive out solar system in the upper right-hand corner, along with many other celestial bodies not identified during the brief time the map was glimped.
Without knowing exactly how to proceed , the Soviet cosmonauts waved and offered a "thumbs up" gesture of fraternity-and they returned it. Tentative communication was achieved by instruments, but didn't evolve to the level desired.
Using a high-potency light source, the Soviet cosmonauts used Morse Code to welcome the visitors in Russian. There was no reaction from the aliens. The Soviets tried English: "Are you reading us?" again, no reaction. On the third try, still in Morse Code, the cosmonauts tranmitted a binary number: 101101, which expressed a certain geometric figure. The aliens responded with another sequence of numbers, not the same as theirs. Later the cosmonauts verified that the aliens had transmitted the value of the letter "E," based on a logarithmic configuration applied frequently by the computers on Salyut 6, when programmed to graphically linearize the relative curves of a complex mathematical function.
Dressed in the same spacesuits they were wearing on board, which looked like diving suits with visors, the aliens left their ship and floated in space. They made strange movements, as if they were sitting in chairs. They wore no knapsacks of any other kind of apparatus that normally would be used to maintain life as it's known on Earth.
At the end of the fourth day, the aliens went away and didn't reappear. It left the cosmonauts with a strange feeling of homesickness, in the words of one ot the Russian crew.
Members of Russia's military and scientific communities
met with the cosmonauts on June 18, 1981, to view photographs and film
footage taken on the mission. Cosmonaut Kovalyonok was bombarded with questions
Footnote: Author Gonzaga lives in Brazil's capital, Brasilia, where he's spearheading a community project to facilitate contact and communication between Earthlings and extraterrestrials.
Originally posted by suomichris a member of ATS Post ID 6700689
My Russian friend was quick!
It says "bright golden flames" in circles on the both left and right sides, "sphere" in parentheses, and "white smoke" under the circles. There is also some abbreviation (numbers?) under the scribbly line and the "N.P." abbreviation in the upper right corner, but I can't make sense of them.So, seems that this image is representing both the pre- and post-explosion versions of object, neither of which is a very good match for the description in the Ufologia article...
|A crew of Salyut 6 also had his rendezvous, and more
importantly, documented on video. Of course, we know that is kept under
the greatest secrets in the famous Star City. Everything was in May 1981.
Cosmonauts Vladimir and Viktor Kovalyonok Savinikh rose on 12/03/1981, and would be 77 days in space, returning 14/05/81. After 75 days in orbit, 400 km altitude, Kovalyonok saw a spherical object at some 1000 m from Salyut, and along with his companion began to observe and record the images. For almost a day nothing happened, and when they awoke they realized the object was less than 100 m away.
They might notice that the ball was half the size of the station (which was 16 m long), a surface without interruption except for 24 windows or portholes, in 3 rows, one being much larger than the windows of the Salyut, and too much lower. Behind these three windows, there was human-looking heads. They used a kind of hood, which was part of a display of plastic appearance, where they could see their faces, straight noses, eyebrows, long and big blue eyes. Their faces did not show any expression, sometimes being compared to robots, cosmonauts and described them as similar to Hindus solemn brown.
Faced with the seemingly friendly attitude of all beings, the cosmonauts asked license to try to control land communication, which was allowed, but vetoed any physical contact.
The alien ship changed position and moved away with ease, not bear any visible propulsion mechanism. Kovalyonok just showing them a map where it appeared our solar system, in which was answered by one of the beings displaying their own maps with our well-defined sector of the galaxy. Even tried to communicate with Morse code using a flashlight, but the aliens only responded when the Russian signaled 101,101 with the flashlight. The flashes of ets were not a simple repetition of the signal Kovalyonok, but a logarithm of the same base used by him.
The alien has left his ship, wearing the same clothes they wore on board. Obviously, they commented on the Russians, they had developed a power system that was not heat or nuclear, and mastered the forces of gravity. Soon after, the alien ship pulled away and disappeared.
All this was discussed at a meeting of the Planning Ministry of the USSR in June 18, 1981, chaired by General Georgi Beregovoi, head of the space program. It was also shown the film obtained by the cosmonauts, and cosmologist Aleksander Kazantsev, present at the meeting, said the film is very well kept in the vaults of Star City. Beregovoi always refused to comment, but it is said that he hoped new contacts. There are unconfirmed suspicions of another encounter with a similar ship, this time from the Salyut 7.
The station Salyut 6 was in orbit until July 1982, being replaced by the Salyut 7 was launched in April 1982.
SOURCE - Portuguese (Google Translation)
|From Paul Stonehill:
One version of the event is described in Mysterious Sky: Soviet UFO Phenomenon. The key person, when it comes to the video footage, was General Beregovoy. The whereabouts of the video footage is a state secret of the Russian Federation, I am certain. Others have looked for it, producers from Hollywood, etc. I do not think they found it.
"It followed us during half of
our orbit. We observed it on the light side, and when we entered the shadow
side, it disappeared completely. It was an engineered structure, made from
some type of metal, approximately 40 meters long with inner hulls. The
object was narrow here and wider here, and inside there were openings.
Some places had projections like small wings. The object stayed very close
to us. We photographed it, and our photos showed it to be 23 to 28 meters
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