Cosmonauts and astronauts to meet in space in 1975
Just outside Moscow is Star City, home of the Soviet cosmonaut training centre. In June of 1975, the centre is preparing for an upcoming mission in which cosmonauts in a Soyuz capsule will link up in orbit with American astronauts in an Apollo capsule. The CBC's Lloyd Robertson, on a junket to Star City with a group of Western reporters, talks about some details of the mission with cosmonaut Alexey Leonov.
Broadcast Date: June 13, 1975
Reporter: Lloyd Robertson
Did You know?
• The Apollo and Soyuz capsules each blasted off on July 15, 1975 and docked in space two days later for the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project. Commanders Alexey Leonov and Thomas Stafford shook hands as the capsules orbited above France. The two capsules were joined for 44 hours before disconnecting and carrying on with their respective missions.
• This was the last mission ever for an Apollo capsule and the last space mission for American astronauts until the space shuttle Columbia blasted off in April 1981.