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The Apollo-Soyuz Test Project
Conceived as a symbol of worldwide cooperation in space as well as a symbolic gesture for ending the space race between the Cold War rivals.
The Apollo-Soyuz Test Project was history's first orbital linkup between the spacecraft of the USA and Soviet Unions battling against each other in the Cold War. This is the front view of the docking adaptor mockup used to train American and Soviet crews. Although the mission was a dramatic success, the docking adapter challenged engineers from both space programs. Originally, neither the Apollo nor the Soyuz capsules were designed to dock with another. But with a great deal if cooperation, the design was perfected and this extraordinary was made possible.