A Brief History
On July 15, 1975, the United States and the USSR simultaneously launched manned spacecraft, an American Apollo capsule and a Soviet Soyuz capsule, bound for a rendezvous in space, the first ever international space effort.
The mission was part of an ongoing diplomatic effort to ease Cold War tensions between the superpowers, with the 3 man Apollo capsule docking with the 2 man Soyuz capsule via an intermediate docking section.
Aside from the feat of a successful space docking between spacecraft from separate nations, the crews performed joint space experiments and their first ever in space international handshake became a sensation.
Space exploration has since become a truly international endeavor, and astronauts from 44 different countries have made space flights, and even private space ventures have begun. The current International Space Station is of course a fine example of international space cooperation.
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For more information, please see…
Froehlich, Walter. Apollo Soyuz. US Government, 1976.
Tan, Sheri. Handshake In Space: The Apollo-Soyuz Mission. Soundprints Corp Audio, 2011.
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