[FPSPACE] Apollo Soyuz Test Project anniversary
David R. Woods
drwoods at stny.rr.com
Fri Jul 16 15:34:59 EDT 2010
I seem to recall someone in this forum posting an interesting ASTP
related story many years ago. I can not find it in the Archives, so I
hope it is not something I have "mis-remembered".
Anyway, the story was that after the docking portion of the mission was
concluded, both spacecraft separated to drift away. One of the Apollo
crew members, according to the story, had brought along a little tape
recorder and proceeded to play it for the Soyuz crew. In it you could
hear the sound of running water like a shower and girls giggling and
laughing in the background: a message for the Soyuz crew that they
should have stuck around for some of the fun. Everyone had a big laugh
over it. I can not find the original posting of it and have not found
it mentioned elsewhere, so I can not vouch for its authenticity.
However, if true, it makes a great story.
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Subject: [FPSPACE] Apollo Soyuz Test Project anniversary
Date: Thu, 15 Jul 2010 18:39:12 +0000
From: LARRY KLAES <ljk4 at msn.com>
To: FPSpace <fpspace at friends-partners.org>
Thirty five years ago today (oy!) The two Cold War superpowers put on a very high level of courtesy towards each other by sending off their two contemporary classes of manned spacecraft to dock and exchange crews in LEO.
I invite the members of this list to share their memories and any involvement with ASTP. I would also like to know for example how much good the mission really did for detente?
I can recall among many memories of getting up at five am to watch the first live coverage of Soyuz returning to Earth. The US media announcer reassured his audience upon showing the Soyuz touch down in a big cloud of debris that the ship did not explode or crash but had fired its retrorockets to cushion the landing impact. Americans were used to water landings for their manned spaceships after all.
I also recall reading about a Russian couple who gave birth to twins during ASTP and subsequently named them Apollo and Soyuz.
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