It was wonderful from space


Bertalan Farkas

People's Republic of Hungary

Bertalan Frakas was the first Hungarian cosmonaut. In 1972 he graduated from the Krasnodar Aviation Institute in the USSR and joined the Hungarian Air Force. In 1978 he volunteered to participate in the fifth international program for InterKosmos, the space program developed by the Soviet Union with the military forces of the Warsaw Pact countries. In 1980, Farkas went into space on board Soyuz 36. After a career in the Army, Farkas is now a politician, a member of the Hungarian Democratic Forum.


People's Republic of Hungary, Budapest
19.0; 47.51
Postcard frontside, author: Bertalan Farkas
Picture of Bertalan Farkas and his wife
When he left for the space mission in 1980, Bertalan brought a picture of his wife, taken a few months earlier, with him.
Postcard backside, author: Bertalan Farkas
Interkosmos Stamp
Like all the other space stations, the Soyouz 36, launched in 1980, had its own stamp. Farkas and his colleagues marked everything that was on board with this stamp. At the end of the mission the stamp was destroyed along with the rest of the station.
Postcard Text
I really love you, I adore you, I want you, I am yours, body and soul.

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Leaving for outer space

Bertalan Farkas with another cosmonaute of Soyouz 36

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A picture of Bertalan Farkas with another cosmonaut from Soyuz 36. After a rigorous selection process, the Soyuz crew was sent to Space City for special training. Along with Houston, Star City or Yuri Gagarin Training Center, near Moscow, was one of the two International Training Centers for cosmonauts.

The Marriage

Bertalan Farkas on the day he married Anikó Farkas.

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Bertalan Farkas on the day he married Anikó Farkas.

The Interkosmos Mission

The international team of the Soyouz 36 Space Mission.

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The international team of the Soyuz 36 Space Mission. The crew: Soviet commanders Valery Kubasov and Viktor Gorbatko; researcher cosmonauts Bertalan Farkas and Pham Tuân (Vietnam); and backup crewmembers Vladimir Dzhanibekov and Béla Magyari. The aim of the Soviet International Space Program was to foster collaboration between Socialist countries.