40 Years Ago Today: the Last Saturn: ASTP Launch

July 15, 1975, the final Saturn 1B to launch from Kennedy Space Center lifted off with the last Apollo capsule to fly into space.

And on the other side of the planet, Soyuz took off.  This was the first time most of the world saw a Russian manned space launch; NASA’s public affairs policy drove the broadcast.  Today, of course, we’re all much more familiar with what these look like.

Two days later, the two vehicles would meet up.  And I’ll have a longer post when that anniversary rolls around.  😉

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