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2010-07-22 12:19:40

U.S. 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. Apollo astronauts Tom Stafford and Vance Brand joked with Soyuz cosmonaut Alexei Leonov over their troubles communicating after the initial greetings that took place when the two space crafts docked on July 17, 1975. The three men shook hands as the hatches opened, marking the start of the East-West space cooperation following years...

2010-07-14 12:43:56

Most of us take it for granted today that American astronauts and Russian cosmonauts live and work together in Earth orbit. They've been doing it for years, first in the Shuttle-Mir program, and now on the International Space Station. But before the two Cold War-rivals first met in orbit in 1975, such a partnership seemed unlikely. Since Sputnik bleeped into orbit in 1957, the superpowers were driven by the Space Race, with the U.S. and then-Soviet Union driven more by competition than...

2008-12-02 14:00:00

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- You may never go to space, but here's a chance to receive a letter and an autographed photo from legendary astronauts who have! Twelve space heroes have come together for a sixth year to offer memberships to the 2009 Astronaut Autograph Club as a means to raise money for college scholarships through the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. The club affords its members an autographed photo and personalized letter from a U.S. Hall of Fame...

2005-07-26 18:56:52

MOSCOW -- 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. Speaking at a news conference in Moscow, the cosmonauts and astronauts also sent along their best wishes for the space shuttle Discovery, which was successfully launched later in the day. "As we say in America, 'Break a leg,'" Vance Brand said before...

2005-07-14 16:05:00

WASHINGTON -- 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. Astronauts and cosmonauts of the Apollo and Soyuz spacecraft said Thursday that their mission led directly to the cooperation necessary for the international space station and other multinational projects. "I am convinced that all future flights will be international," cosmonaut Aleksei A. Leonov said at a...

2005-07-13 10:59:03

NASA -- 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. This international partnership is the hallmark of modern space exploration, the backdrop for President Bush's declaration that humanity's future explorations of the cosmos must be "a journey, not a race." But before the two Cold War-rivals first met in orbit in 1975, such a...

2005-05-01 12:35:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- 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. Retired astronaut Bruce McCandless became the first so-called human satellite in 1984. The dramatic scene of McCandless flying with a hefty spacewalker's jetpack, but with his face invisible behind his helmet, remains one of the greatest space photos of all time. "For those of...

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2012-03-24 09:55:41

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...

2012-03-03 12:36:34

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...

2011-01-04 16:35:18

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...

2010-11-17 16:09:04

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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