Satellite Beach, FL: Scarboro Publications, 1975. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Wraps. Unpaginated (32 pages, plus covers). Illustrations (some in color). Price blacked out on front cover. Contains a lot of ASTP facts. The purpose and catalyst of the Apollo–Soyuz Test Project was the policy of détente between the two Cold War superpowers, the United States and the Soviet Union. The Apollo–Soyuz Test Project was made possible by the thaw in U.S.--U.S.S.R. relations, and the project itself endeavored to amplify and solidify the improving relations between the United States and the Soviet Union. According to Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev, "The Soviet and American spacemen will go up into outer space for the first major joint scientific experiment in the history of mankind. They know that from outer space our planet looks even more beautiful. It is big enough for us to live peacefully on it...". Thus, both sides recognized ASTP as a political act of peace. The Apollo–Soyuz Test Project (ASTP), conducted in July 1975, was the first joint U.S.–Soviet space flight. It was a symbol of the policy of détente that the two superpowers were pursuing at the time. The ASTP involved the docking of an Apollo command and service module and the Soviet Soyuz 19 capsule. The unnumbered Apollo vehicle was left over from the canceled Apollo missions and the last Apollo command and service module to fly. This mission ceremoniously marked the end of the Space Race that had begun in 1957 with the Sputnik launch. The mission included both joint and separate scientific experiments, including an engineered eclipse of the Sun by Apollo to allow Soyuz to take photographs of the solar corona. The pre-flight work provided useful engineering experience for future joint US–Russian space flights, such as the Shuttle–Mir Program and the International Space Station. ASTP was the last crewed US space mission until the first Space Shuttle flight in April 1981. Condition: Good.
Keywords: Apollo, Soyuz Test Project, ASTP, NASA, Thomas Stafford, Deke Slayton, Docking Module, Docking System, Command Module, Space Science, Space Experiments, Launch Vehicle