Space is full of surprises. However, what the crew of the Soviet space orbital station Salyut-7 saw in the summer of 1984 is surprising even by space standards. On the 155th day of the flight, the commander of the ship Oleg Atkov and cosmonauts Vladimir Solovyov and Leonid Kizim reported that the station was flooded with sparkling orange light. The light was so strong that it blinded the astronauts for a while, and they thought there was a fire or explosion on the ship. When the ability to see returned, the astronauts looked out the Windows and informed the MCC that "see faces."
seven angels hovered Around the spacecraft. They had human faces and bodies, but they also had wings. Within 10 minutes, the angels accompanied Salyut-7 at the same speed, repeating the maneuvers of the ship, and then disappeared. The astronauts could only assume that they found a temporary insanity, and a few days later the version of the group hallucination got stronger.
Later, on the 167th day of space flight, three colleagues joined the cosmonauts: Svetlana Savitskaya, Igor Volk and Vladimir Dzhanibekov. Again the space station was bathed in bright orange light, and again the seven angels appeared. "Each the size of an airliner," commented witnesses. All six astronauts reported seeing "smiling angels".
If we were talking only about the first crew, it would be possible to write off this episode at the expense of the tension that has accumulated over a long space journey. This crew set a record — 237 days in space orbit. However, such an explanation is not suitable for the second crew: the meeting with the angels occurred shortly after their arrival at the station.