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This Day in History: July 15, 1975 by Simonov

This Day in History: July 15, 1975


15 July 2016 at 18:14:07 MDT

On July 15, 1975, an unnamed Apollo Command/Service Module was launched on a mission to rendezvous with the Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 19. Known as the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (ASTP), this mission was the first joint American-Soviet space mission and consequently marked the end of the Space Race between the two nations. The success and lessons learned from the ASTP would contribute to later joint missions between the two nations such as the Shuttle-Mir missions and the International Space Station (ISS). The mission was also the last manned space mission for the United States until the arrival of the Shuttle.

The astronauts and cosmonauts who participated in the mission are Thomas P. Stafford (commander of Apollo), Vance D. Brand (command module pilot), Donald K. Slayton (docking module pilot and one of the original Mercury Seven pilots chosen in 1959, though he had been ground for medical reasons previously and made his first and only spaceflight with the ASTP), Alexey Leonov (commander of Soyuz 19), and Valeri Kubasov (flight engineer for Soyuz 19).

The Apollo Command Module used for this mission is currently on display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, California. The descent module for Soyuz 19 is also currently on display at the RKK Energiya museum in Korolyov, Russia. Mockups of the two craft joined together also currently on display at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

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    Then the greys wiped out humanity and took over, creating a new race via genetic engineering known as the lobster which, via molecular transportation, somehow slipped into our plane of existence and we enjoy to this day. The end.