Authentic/Flown  Soyuz Spacecraft Wrench/Hatch Opener
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Soyuz Spacecraft Hatch Opener

    This is an actual wrench which was used to open a returning
Soyuz Spacecraft.

It is an authentic piece
of Russian Space History.

This special wrench is used for opening the landing capsule Soyuz TM used by Cosmonaut rescue teams. During landing rescue team crews use the wrench to open a compartment on the exterior of the capsule. It is made from special high temperature resistance metal.

    Here are two rescue crew members using the wrench to open the capsule and allow returning cosmonauts to exit the spacecraft.

These wrenches are attached to special areas on the exterior sides of the landing capsules. This allows them to be easily  found by cosmonaut rescue crews when the capsule lands. The hatch needs to be opened from the outside to release the  cosmonauts within. The hatch will open in after a 180-degree turn. The opener-wrench has serial numbers and indicates that it belonged to a flown Russian Soyuz capsule. 
  Here is Cosmonaut Viktor Savinykh holding the wrench.

 Cosmonaut Savinykh flew on 3 flights. He spent a total of 252 days in space and completed over 5 hours of EVA's.  

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