HYGIENE KIT CARRIED BY GROUP 1 COSMONAUT VALERY BYKOVSKY ON SOYUZ 22.
RECORD HOLDER OF THE LONGEST SOLO SPACEFLIGHT VOSTOK 5 4 DAYS 23 HOURS. FLOWN Soyuz 22 cosmonaut personal hygiene bag with blue draw-string and velcro top. Cylindrical shape 5½ by 9 inches. Stenciled lettering on bag reads in part: "Kit. Personal Hygiene-3/ Wet towels/ No. 369". Enclosed are two wet towels with cellophane-type wrapping with red text that reads in part: "Kit. Personal Hygiene. Wet Towel" and bear the serial numbers I3E8809050 and I3E88090I2. Issued to Soviet Group 1 Cosmonaut Valery Bykovsky.
Hygiene bag SIGNED by VALERY BYKOVSKY.
A copy of a Russian manuscript letter signed by BYKOVSKY reads (translated): "Personal hygeine products. Moisture wipes #886. Wet towels #342 and #369. These products of personal hygiene were with me in open space during space flight on spaceship Soyuz-22 from 15-23 September 1976. Signed: Pilot-Cosmonaut USSR, Twice-Honored Hero of USSR, V.F. Bikovsky."
Valery Bykovsky was selected with the first group of Soviet cosmonauts in 1960 and was the pilot of Vostok 5 during June 1963, the longest solo manned space flight in history. Soyuz 22 was Bykovsky's second space mission with a duration of 7 days 21 hours and was launched on September 15, 1976. Orbiting in a very high inclination of some 64 degrees, it was thus impossible to dock with the then flying Salyut space station. This has led to speculation that Soviet Soyuz 22 was flown to observe then scheduled NATO activities in Norway. Bykovsky last space mission was Soyuz 31, a 67 day flight beginning in November 1978.