Rare Soyuz TM-24 replaced crew patch - Cyrillic
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Soyuz TM-24 replaced crew patch - Cyrillic
The launch of Soyuz TM-24 was originally planned for July 6, 1996 with commander Gennadi Manakov, flight engineer Pavel Vinogradov and French research cosmonaut Claudie Andre-Deshays. Deshays would return with the EO-21 crew on July 22; Manakov and Vinogradov would return to Earth on December 29, 1996. In May, the launch of Soyuz TM-24 was delayed to August 14 due to problems with the Soyuz booster and again to August 17 at the end of July.
Soyuz TM-24 (callsign 'Frigate') was indeed launched on August 17, 1996, but not with Gennadi Manakov and Pavel Vinogradov aboard. On August 9, eight days before launch, Manakov was diagnosed with a serious heart problem. French research cosmonaut Claudie Andre-Deshays was now flying with commander Valeri Korzun and flight engineer Aleksandr Kaleri.