With the failed moon program, a new project grew up: space station. Soviet's astronautics focused on this new way to use space for researching (and often to spy the other countries). The first ever space station, Salyut 1 was launched in 1971. Four days later a crew of three was launched onboard Soyuz 10. Docking failed and the crew returtned to earth two days later. A new mission was planned: Soyuz 11, due to be launched in June and last up to 24 days.