Rare glossy 9.5 x 7.25 group photo of the crew members that comprised the Soyuz 6, 7, and 8 missions, signed in the lower border in various colored ink by Georgi Shonin, Valeri Kubasov, Anatoly Filipchenko, Vladislav Volkov, Viktor Gorbatko, Vladimir Shatalov, and Aleksei Yeliseyev. In fine condition, with some light creasing to corners and top edge. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from collector Alex Panchenko, in part [grammar retained]: “Cosmonauts autographed this photo same year they flown—October 1969—and photo was presented to cosmonaut Vasiliy Lazarev. I’ve received this unique subject from Lazarev’s son Alexander in 1998. Authenticity of signatures was confirmed later by cosmonauts Kubasov, Filipchenko and Gorbatko during our meetings.” Panchenko also includes printed images of himself posing with numerous other cosmonaut legends. Augmented by its exceptional provenance, this uncommon, fully signed photograph boldly features the three Soyuz crews that had endeavored to perform the most ambitious docking and crew transferal in space exploration history. Pre-certified Zarelli Space Authentication.
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