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US astronauts reunited with Soviet cosmonauts on Wednesday to mark the 35th anniversary of their "handshake in space" in 1975 at the height of the Cold War.
Most of us take it for granted today that American astronauts and Russian cosmonauts live and work together in Earth orbit.
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., Dec.
Veteran U.S. and Russian space pilots recalled the historic 1975 Apollo-Soyuz space mission Tuesday, sharing memories about the landmark docking that helped ease tensions between the two superpowers in the midst of the Cold War.
When U.S. and Soviet space vessels met in orbit in 1975, a handshake was heralded as a symbolic step toward a future of international space-travel cooperation.
For more than a decade, American astronauts and Russian cosmonauts have been regularly living and working together in Earth orbit, first in the Shuttle-Mir program, and now on the International Space Station.
The first man to fly freely and untethered in space, famously photographed alone in the cosmic blackness above a blue Earth, was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame on Saturday.
Columbia launched from Kennedy Space Center on December 2, 1990 at 1:49 AM EST and landed at Edwards AFB on December 10 at 9:54 PM PST. The shuttle orbited 144 times at an altitude of 190 nautical miles at an inclination of 28.45 degrees and travelled 3.7 million miles. The mission lasted 8 days, 23 hours, 5 minutes, and 8 seconds. The primary objectives were round-the-clock observations of the celestial sphere in ultraviolet and x-ray astronomy with the ASTRO-1 observatory consisting of...
The fifth shuttle mission launched From Kennedy Space Center on November 11, 1982 at 7:19 AM (EST) and landed at Edwards Air Force Base on November 16 at 6:33 AM (PST). Columbia orbited 82 times at an altitude of 184 nautical miles at an inclination of 28.5 degrees and travelled 2.1 million miles. The duration of the mission was 5 days, 2 hours, 14 minutes, and 26 seconds. This was the first operational mission. The four previous missions were planned only for testing of systems. The...
Vance Brand is an engineer and former test pilot and NASA astronaut. He was born Vance DeVoe Brand on May 9, 1931 in Longmont, Colorado. As a child, he was active in Troop 64 of the Boy Scouts of America and in the International Order of DeMolay. He graduated from Longmont High School and then went on to receive a Bachelor's degree in Business from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1953. Immediately after his graduation, Brand was commissioned as an officer and a naval aviator with the...
Joseph Allen is a former NASA astronaut who logged more than 3,000 hours of flying time. He was born Joseph Percival Allen on June 27, 1937 in Crawfordsville, Indiana. He graduated from Crawfordsville High School in Indiana, and went to on earn his Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics and physics from DePauw University in 1959. He then furthered his education and earned a Master of Science degree in 1961 and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in physics from Yale University in 1965. He became a...
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