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3/20/73: “Soviet cosmonauts Aleksei S. Yeliseyev, left, and Vladimir A. Shatalov, right, get together with U.S. astronaut Thomas Stafford to look over a model of the linked up Apollo-Soyuz spacecrafts. The two cosmonauts are with a group of Soviet scientists and engineers that is at the Johnson Space Center in Houston to work out the details of the joint space mission which is scheduled for 1975. The two are candidates for the Soviet crew that is to be named soon. They met Stafford, who will team with Donald Slayton and Vance Brand on U.S. crew, Sunday.”
(The Soviet crewmen eventually chosen for the ASTP mission were Alexei Leonov and Valeri Kubasov.)

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3/20/73: “Soviet cosmonauts Aleksei S. Yeliseyev, left, and Vladimir A. Shatalov, right, get together with U.S. astronaut Thomas Stafford to look over a model of the linked up Apollo-Soyuz spacecrafts. The two cosmonauts are with a group of Soviet scientists and engineers that is at the Johnson Space Center in Houston to work out the details of the joint space mission which is scheduled for 1975. The two are candidates for the Soviet crew that is to be named soon. They met Stafford, who will team with Donald Slayton and Vance Brand on U.S. crew, Sunday.”

(The Soviet crewmen eventually chosen for the ASTP mission were Alexei Leonov and Valeri Kubasov.)

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“Communists blaze the trail to the stars”  A stamp set from 1964 commemorating the Soviet Union’s space firsts: first satellite (Sputnik-1957), first pennant on the moon (Luna 2 carried two to the moon-1959), first picture of the dark side of the moon (Luna 3-1959), first man in space (Yuri Gagarin-1961), first group flight (Vostok 3 and 4-1962) and first woman in space (Valentina Tereshkova-1963).
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“Communists blaze the trail to the stars”  A stamp set from 1964 commemorating the Soviet Union’s space firsts: first satellite (Sputnik-1957), first pennant on the moon (Luna 2 carried two to the moon-1959), first picture of the dark side of the moon (Luna 3-1959), first man in space (Yuri Gagarin-1961), first group flight (Vostok 3 and 4-1962) and first woman in space (Valentina Tereshkova-1963).

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I am a friend, comrades, a friend!
Yuri Gagarin’s first words upon returning to earth, to a woman and a girl near where his capsule landed. (12 April 1961) The woman asked: “Can it be that you have come from outer space?” to which Gagarin replied: “As a matter of fact, I have!” (via asonlynasacan)