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    • Soyuz-Apollo, Come In: 40 Anniversary of Historic US-Soviet Space Flight
    • Soyuz-Apollo, Come In: 40 Anniversary of Historic US-Soviet Space Flight
    • Soyuz-Apollo, Come In: 40 Anniversary of Historic US-Soviet Space Flight
    • Soyuz-Apollo, Come In: 40 Anniversary of Historic US-Soviet Space Flight
    • Soyuz-Apollo, Come In: 40 Anniversary of Historic US-Soviet Space Flight
    • Soyuz-Apollo, Come In: 40 Anniversary of Historic US-Soviet Space Flight
    • Soyuz-Apollo, Come In: 40 Anniversary of Historic US-Soviet Space Flight
    • Soyuz-Apollo, Come In: 40 Anniversary of Historic US-Soviet Space Flight
    • Soyuz-Apollo, Come In: 40 Anniversary of Historic US-Soviet Space Flight
    • Soyuz-Apollo, Come In: 40 Anniversary of Historic US-Soviet Space Flight
    • Soyuz-Apollo, Come In: 40 Anniversary of Historic US-Soviet Space Flight
    • Soyuz-Apollo, Come In: 40 Anniversary of Historic US-Soviet Space Flight
    • Soyuz-Apollo, Come In: 40 Anniversary of Historic US-Soviet Space Flight
    • Soyuz-Apollo, Come In: 40 Anniversary of Historic US-Soviet Space Flight
    • Soyuz-Apollo, Come In: 40 Anniversary of Historic US-Soviet Space Flight
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    Contacts between Soviet and US scientists over space exploration began right after the first artificial satellites were put into orbit. However, the cooperation was limited to sharing results of scientific research during various international conferences.

    Above: A display at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum depicts the docking of the American Apollo command and service module (left) with the Soviet Soyuz capsule.

    On July 15, 1975 at 15:20 Moscow Time, the Soyuz-19 spacecraft was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Seven and a half hours later, the Apollo spacecraft blasted off at Cape Canaveral. On July 17, the two spacecraft docked. The Soyuz-Apollo mission became the first joint space trip by astronauts from different countries.

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