Learn about the last Apollo Saturn mission and what the goal was of this flight.
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In the pre--dorm come of July 15, 1975 this would be the last flights that the Apollo second mission. As the count down 0:17 chances are that more that one member of the launch team reflected on the crown days of Apollo. Its nine flights the moon. Six of which resulting in landing men their. Its three flights the sky let transporting crews to the orbiting station. And now in nine days the entire Apollo program would pass in the history. Apollo would make way for a two way reusable vehicle. The space shuttle 0:48 for it’s over the flight they do in 1979. But today its Apollo science and their doing approaches to floor in the coast. A similar drama is near in climax half of world away. The scene, they can now launch complex in Kazakhstan central USSR. Admission control Moscow flight control is a monitor science as it gathers moment on root to orbital altitude. Less than 9 minutes after launch, 1:23 powered by triple boost to stages is inserted into its assigned orbits. A near perfect day for the launch made to order for the thousands running the roadsides and beaches in order to witness this Apollo second finale. 3 -- 2 engine sequence start 1, 0 -- launch commit, we have a lift off. All engines filling up the drive. Moving out clear the tower. Roger, power clear. Roger coming up good 2:03 at all engine here right on the money. 1 bravo. 1 bravo searching, sir 2:09. The fourth of flight is three hours old. The docky module is smoothly extracted from the second stage booster left trimly behind. During the next 40 hours Apollo through a series of the universe will slowly close the orbital gap with 2:33. The two crews will meet again, lots of members of this Soledad nationality. But his friends over three years shared their separate cultures and customs and the part of him selves. In preparing to their missions, simply the American crews spend a good deal of time together. The building of the first universal docking system constituted the specific goal of the Soviet - American space agreement signed in Moscow in 1972. By the chief executives of both nations. Although each nation designed and build each own half of the docking system. The interface that is the physical making of the two was a single design. Considering the language barrier the different technologies two diverse political systems. The development program moved with relativist. They were differences to be sure, but now it was about negotiation and compromise. Around the world millions watched and listened as the two space crafts became one.