|Mission duration||7 days, 21 hours, 50 minutes, 52 seconds|
|Launch mass||6,850 kilograms (15,100 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||24 June 1982, 16:29:48UTC|
|Launch site||Baikonur 1/5|
|End of mission|
|Landing date||2 July 1982, 14:20:40UTC|
|Landing site||65 kilometres (40 mi) NE of Arkalyk|
|Perigee altitude||189 kilometres (117 mi)|
|Apogee altitude||233 kilometres (145 mi)|
|Docking with Salyut 7|
Soyuz T-6 was a human spaceflight to Earth orbit to the Salyut 7 space station in 1982. Along with two Soviet cosmonauts, the crew included a Frenchman, Jean-Loup Chrétien.
The Soyuz-T spacecraft arrived at Salyut 7 following launch on 24 June 1982 and one day of solo operations. During the T-6 mission's time docked to the station, the crew performed joint Soviet-French experiments, including cardiovascular echography, alongside the station's resident crew.
|Flight Engineer||Aleksandr Ivanchenkov|
Second and last spaceflight
|Research Cosmonaut||Jean-Loup Chrétien|
|Flight Engineer||Vladimir Solovyov|
|Research Cosmonaut||Patrick Baudry|
Soyuz T-6 launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on 24 June 1982 at 16:29 GMT. Docking with the Salyut 7 station was completed manually after problems arose with the spacecraft's onboard automatic docking systems.
Once aboard Salyut 7, the crew completed joint Soviet-French, including echography and antibiotic experiments, with the station's resident crew, the crew of Soyuz T-5.
The mission transported the first French astronaut, Jean-Loup Chrétien, into space. While aboard the station, the resident crew afforded him the opportunity to eject Salyut 7's weekly bag of waste into space through the station's small trash airlock. Valentin Lebedev, writing in his diary, quoted Chrétien as saying Salyut 7 "is simple, doesn't look impressive, but is reliable."