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The Astronaut Wives Club - Launch (1.01)
↳ “Mrs. Shepard, what does it feel like to be headed out on such a historic adventure?”
“Well, we don’t know what our path will be or what toll this journey will take on each of us, but we have to trust it will be successful. And if we ever feel lost, all we need to do is look around and see that we’re not traveling alone.”

AST-05-298 - Apollo Soyuz Test Project, Slayton and Leonov in Soyuz

From the series:  Photographs of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, 2005 - 2012.  Records of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1903 - 2006.

Cold War rivals met in Earth orbit on July 17, 1975, when the Apollo command and service module docked with a Soyuz spacecraft orbital module. During the approximately two days in orbit, the three U.S. astronauts and two Soviet cosmonauts performed joint experiments, shared meals in each others’ capsules and exchanged commemorative items.

In perhaps the most iconic image from the flight, astronaut Deke Slayton and cosmonaut Aleksey Leonov are seen together in the Soyuz spacecraft.

via  Ford and the U.S. Space Program

The crew of Apollo 11 (Armstrong on left, Aldrin seated) at work prepping for their EVA on the moon.  Former Mercury Seven astronaut Donald “Deke” Slayton (far right) looks on.  Slayton was pulled from his scheduled Mercury mission due to heart conditions, but stayed on and served as a coordinator of astronaut activities and performed with distinction.  He would later restored to flight status and flew on the Apollo/Soyuz mission. 

This post is a love note to 1960.

The mere thought of of smoking indoors is anathema today - imagine a time when you could have a cigarette dangling from your mouth IN THE NASA ASTRONAUT SUIT TESTING ROOM, AS AN ASTRONAUT. You can’t imagine it, can you? It’s too incredible.

The high-waistedness of John Glenn’s slacks, the innocent way he’s clearly judging Deke’s butt…“Deke, I gotta tell you, these long johns are doing wonders for your hindquarters!”…just everything about this photo makes me happy.