[FPSPACE] Apollo Soyuz Test Project anniversary

Robert Pearlman robert at collectspace.com
Fri Jul 16 15:57:13 EDT 2010


I interviewed the surviving four ASTP crew members on Thursday when they were together in New York. Though it didn't make it into my article (see link below), Vance Brand recounted the story you recalled:

Brand: "Another thing though I’ll recall, that wasn’t really a highlight but after we undocked and the cosmonauts were going down to land, they got a few hundred miles ahead of us in orbit in a lower orbit and I had taken onboard a tape that I had taped at home before the mission. It was my daughter and a couple of friends in a shower, you could hear the water running and they were giggling and screaming and everything and having fun. I recorded that and we played it to the cosmonauts when they were several hundred miles away from us and I remember saying, ‘We’re having a ball over here, what are you guys doing?’."

Stafford: "That was so great, I remember for a moment Alexei said, ‘Tom, what are you doing there?’"

Brand: "Now, I don’t know how well they heard that back then, I hope they weren’t over the horizon."

Stafford: "Oh, they heard it." (laughs)

Here's the article based on my interview...

Apollo-Soyuz Test Project crew reunites for 35th anniversary

Robert Pearlman, Editor
collectSPACE - The Source for Space History & Artifacts 
Twitter: @robertpearlman | @collectSPACE

On Jul 16, 2010, at 2:34 PM, David R. Woods wrote:

> 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.
> Dave
> -------- Original Message --------
> 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. 
> Thanks!
> Larry
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