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Thomas P. Stafford, commander

Donald K. Slayton, docking module pilot

Vance D. Brand, command module pilot

ASTP crew portrait
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NASA#: 75-HC-88


Aleksei A. Leonov, commander

Valeriy N. Kubasov, flight engineer

Soyuz commander Aleksei Leonov made these notes on his flight manual for the historic link-up in space. Beside the printed instructions (in Russian) for the docking maneuvers, he jotted a reminder of some English words of welcome to Apollo commander Thomas Stafford.

Courtesy of The Perot Foundation

page from Leonov's flight manual
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This is one of two Apollo-Soyuz commemorative plaques assembled in space by the crews. Each crew carried two identical halves of the plaque into orbit and exchanged one half to complete the memento.

Lent by the Gerald R. Ford Museum

ASTP plaque
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SI#: 97-16267-3

A gift from Apollo commander Thomas P. Stafford, a granite marker outside the west end of the Museum commemorates the Apollo-Soyuz mission. The trees behind the marker were planted by the Apollo-Soyuz crews as a gesture of friendship. A similar grove was planted in Moscow.
ASTP marker on NASM lawn
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These Apollo command and service modules were test vehicles. The docking module is back-up flight hardware designed and tested jointly by NASA and Soviet engineers.

Transferred from NASA and Rockwell International

Diagram of ASTP configuration.
Command module Service module Docking module
Length: 3.7 m (12 ft) Length: 6.7 m (22 ft) Length: 3 m (10 ft)
Base diameter: 3.9 m (12 ft 10 in) Diameter: 3.9 m (12 ft 10 in) Diameter: 1.5 m (5 ft)
Weight: 5,900 kg (13,000 lb) Weight at launch: 6,800 kg (15,000 lb) Weight: 2,000 kg (4,400 lb)
Manufacturer: North American Rockwell Launch vehicle: Saturn IB  

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