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Apollo-Soyuz astronaut reflects on U.S.-Russia space relations

(From the left) On March 17, 2022, Apollo astronaut Gen. Thomas Stafford, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, NASA astronaut G. Reid Wiseman, the current head of NASA’s astronaut office and NASA astronaut Drew Feustel (right). (Image credit: Chelsea Gohd/Space.com)

Almost 50 years ago, in the midst of the Cold War, American astronauts flew to space alongside cosmonauts as part of NASA’s first attempt to forge a partnership between the U.S. and Russia in space. 

U.S. Air Force Gen. Thomas P. Stafford (ret.), a former astronaut who flew on NASA’s Gemini 6A and Gemini 9A missions as well as Apollo 10, which took him close to the moon’s surface in May 1969, commanded the American crew on that pioneering 1975 flight, known as the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project. He spoke out recently, reflecting on that time and what it meant. 

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