Category: july 17

Planet Earth, as seen during the Apollo 11 mis…

Planet Earth, as seen during the Apollo 11 mission, 17 July 1969.

1974 space art by Robert McCall imagines the d…

1974 space art by Robert McCall imagines the docking of American and Soviet spaceships during the Apollo-Soyuz mission on July 17, 1975.

Paul Fjeld worked as an official NASA artist d…

Paul Fjeld worked as an official NASA artist during the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project mission that culminated on July 17, 1975, when American astronauts and Soviet cosmonauts linked up in orbit. These are his works commemorating the event, completed both before and after it took place. (NASA)

July 17, 1975 – During the Apollo-Soyuz missio…

July 17, 1975 – During the Apollo-Soyuz mission, two crews of spacemen – one American, one Soviet – met in Earth orbit, helping to thaw out the Cold War. To commemorate the occasion, the American commander Tom Stafford and his Soviet counterpart Alexei Leonov, each brought half of a special mission coin. After two spacecraft docked with each other, the commanders joined the two halves together with a camera present to capture the moment.

(Archive.org)

July 17, 2009 – The Space Shuttle Endeavour se…

July 17, 2009 – The Space Shuttle Endeavour seen from the International Space Station prior to docking. (NASA)

TODAY IN HISTORY: Planet Saturn, observed by N…

TODAY IN HISTORY: Planet Saturn, observed by NASA’s Voyager 2 probe on July 17, 1981.

(NASA)

TODAY IN HISTORY: American and Soviet spacemen…

TODAY IN HISTORY: American and Soviet spacemen hang out in orbit during the joint US-USSR Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, July 17-18, 1975. The American astronauts were Tom Stafford, Vance Brand, and Deke Slayton. The Soviet cosmonauts were Alexey Leonov and Valery Kubasov. (NASA)

TODAY IN HISTORY: The kaiju classic Gamera vs….

TODAY IN HISTORY: The kaiju classic Gamera vs. Zigra premiered in Japan on July 17, 1971.

TODAY IN HISTORY: American and Soviet spacemen hang out in orbit…

TODAY IN HISTORY: American and Soviet spacemen hang out in orbit during the joint US-USSR Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, July 17-18, 1975. The American astronauts were Tom Stafford, Vance Brand, and Deke Slayton. The Soviet cosmonauts were Alexey Leonov and Valery Kubasov. (NASA)

TODAY IN HISTORY – On July 17, 1975, during the Apollo-Soyuz…

TODAY IN HISTORY – On July 17, 1975, during the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, American and Soviet spaceships docked with each other in Earth orbit. It was the first link-up in space between two nations. Alexei Leonov, the cosmonaut who commanded the Soviet crew, created this work before the mission: “The original painting, which measures 80 centimeters by 160 centimeters (1 cm. = 0.39 in.), is on display in a museum in the city of Baku on the Caspian Sea. In making the sketch for the painting Leonov used a model of an earlier Soyuz spacecraft and a picture of an Apollo spacecraft. Later, he obtained a model of an Apollo which helped him check the configuration of the American spacecraft. The tanks on the Docking Module are no longer exposed on the current DM configuration, he noted. Also, this would not be an exact view of the sun as seen from Earth orbit. Leonov took artist license in stressing the symbolism in his artwork. The Soyuz is represented smaller in the painting than it actually is, Leonov added.”

(NASA)