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On this date: The U.S. and Soviet Union meet in space

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Superpowers meet in space

July 17th, 1975 was a historic date for space missions. On this date, the U.S. spacecraft Apollo 18 and the Soviet Soyuz 19 met and docked in space. It was part of a mission trying to develop space rescue capabilities. The two spaceships opened a hatch and the commanders Thomas P. Stafford and Aleksei Leonov shook hands. The two crews exchanged gifts, thus honoring the first meeting of such kind. Although it was during the Cold War and the two superpowers were adversaries, they celebrated the achievement and were later congratulated by the United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim. The mission was praised as a token of cooperation and peace.

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On this day, 56 years ago…

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The first spacewalk

Alexei Arkhipovich Leonov stepped out of the Voskhod 3KD capsule, becoming the first man ever to walk in space. His spacewalk continued for 12 minutes and 9 seconds and it was part of the Voskhod 2 mission. The event was originally planned to take place a year earlier on Voskhod 1 mission but it was canceled. Leonov famously exited the spacecraft just days before the U.S. intended to launch their first two-man spaceship thus the Soviet Union managed to win this particular part of the well-known Space Race.

The historical moment when Alexei Arkhipovich Leonov stepped out of the spacecraft on 18 March, 1965. Photo credit: gettyimages.com

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