Apollo-Soyuz: Forty Years Later

I’m too young to remember the Apollo-Soyuz mission. Thankfully, NASA produced this video to commemorate the 40th-anniversary of the joint American-Soviet space mission, the ASTP.

For this space nerd, seeing Deke Slayton and Alexei Leonov in space together is downright magical.

Sometimes I think about a world where we didn’t abandon Apollo and the ASTP led to more joint missions, such as rescuing Skylab or Apollo missions to the Salyut stations. Perhaps in this world, Mir was built with American cooperation.

But, that’s just in dreams. Forty years ago, two superpowers locked in a Cold War met in space, and it’s worth taking a moment to think about.


Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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