On July 17, 1975, Cold War rivals, the U.S. and the U.S.S.R., met in Earth orbit.
Members of the Joint US-Soviet Space Crew
The joint crew for the 1975 Apollo Soyuz Test Project: Astronaut Thomas P. Stafford (left), commander of the American crew; cosmonaut Aleksey A. Leonov (standing on right), commander of the Soviet crew; astronaut Donald K. Slayton (seated on left), docking module pilot of the American crew; astronaut Vance D. Brand (seated in center), command module pilot of the American crew; and cosmonaut Valeriy N. Kubasov (seated on right), engineer on the Soviet crew.
Official Logo for the Mission
President Gerald R. Ford Meeting with the Soviet and U.S. Crews at the White House
Cosmonauts Leonov (left) and Kubasov About to Board
Credit: U.S.S.R. Academy of Sciences
The Soyuz Spacecraft Takes Off from tLaunch Pad in Kazakhstan on July 15, 1975
The Saturn IB rocket Lifts Off From NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida
Apollo in Orbit Photographed from Soyuz Spacecraft Prior to Docking
Astronauts Inside the Apollo Module Photograph the Soyuz Spacecraft in Earth Orbit
Televised Live, Apollo Commander Thomas P. Stafford Greets Cosmonaut Alexey Leonov on July 17, 1975
Clowning Around Inside the Soyuz,, Astronaut Deke Slayton and Cosmonaut Aleksey Leonov Pose Together
Commemorative Plaque Assembled in Orbit by the Two Teams. The U.S. Side is in Blue, the Russian Side in Red