[FPSPACE] Re Apollo Soyuz
robert_law at yahoo.com
Fri Jul 16 19:46:06 EDT 2010
I was only 15 during ASTP it was the first space mission I would watch in colour we still had a black and white TV in 1975 but my Friend Eric's parents had recently got a Phillips Coulor TV and it was arranged for me to watch the BBC coverage at his house but when I got the Radio Times which I still have , I discovered that the Soyuz launch would occur during the afternoon and my Friend was at work he worked for the famous Scottish telescope manufacturer Charles Frank , so I asked a Friend of my mum Mrs Leena Govan if I could watch the Soyuz launch on her TV which was a hybrid GEC ( still had valves ) this was the first time that a Soyuz launch was shown live in the west.
The BBC coverage was hosted by James Burke who had done the Apollo coverage for the BBC , they had a proper space studio which was a similar set up to what they had for the moon landings there was a large globe of the earth as seen in space and a model of the Apollo and Soyuz docked built by Matt Irvine this model is currently on display hear in Dundee in the space exhibition which is on at the sensation science centre.also in the studio they had a full scale mock up of the two space craft.
I remember during the time the crew where having there joint meal to celebrate we had a bottle of Red Cola and American Cream Soda ! it was amazing to see the colour pictures from space and the fact that the Soviets and Americans could work together in spacethe BBC also showed a documentary with James Burke about the ATS 6 experimental TV satellite which Werner Von braun was working on it was deployed over India
These programs brought back to me the excitement of the moonshots , we had virtually no coverage of Skylab in the UK and the Shuttle was still years off
we did not get a colour TV until 1979 when the first space event I remember seeing in colour was the voyager 2 encounter with Jupiter
I will always remember Apollo Soyuz
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