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    The first official document signed in space, the symbolic end to the "Space Race"

    Apollo-Soyuz Test Project: Flown Document Signed in Space by Both Crews, Known as the "Space Magna Carta." A 12" x 9" certificate bearing an image of the docked ships and the official "APOLLO - СОЮЗ" mission insignia, with Russian text on the left and English at right, signed by the two crews: "Thomas P. Stafford", "D. K. Slayton", and "Vance D. Brand" (the Apollo crew); and Alexei Leonov and Valerie Kubasov (the Soyuz crew). This document marks the start of the long road to cooperation in space between the U.S. and Soviet/Russian programs, a significant watershed for the end of the Cold War "Space Race." It is one of only four signed in space that day to officially document the event by all the cosmonauts and astronauts and may be the only one available to be offered to the public in the foreseeable future. A more important official document of the history of the United States, space exploration, or U.S. / U.S.S.R relations would be almost unattainable as most of the documents of this magnitude reside in the various governmental archives. Archivally matted to 20" x 16" and ready to frame. An incredibly rare opportunity. Included with the lot is a 19" x 13" silk finish color photo of the signing of these documents onboard Apollo-Soyuz, perfect for accompanying display. Light wear at upper edge, fine.

    This is to certify that at 12 hours 09 minutes Washington time and 19 hours 09 minutes Moscow time, on July 17, 1975, flight crews of the United States of America and the Soviet Socialist Republic successfully docked their Apollo and Soyuz Spacecraft in earth orbit. They share the hope that this first International Manned Space Flight will stand in the light of history as a significant advance in the ability of their nations to work together in ways that advance the interests of people everywhere."

    The "Space Race" grew out of the Cold War rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union and had its beginnings in the arms race that occurred after World War II; each side saw it as necessary for national security and symbolic of their own superior ideology. It began on October 4, 1957, when the USSR launched the first artificial earth satellite Sputnik 1. They were also first to launch a man into space on April 12, 1961, when Yuri Gagarin orbited the earth in Vostok 1. The United States had to play "catch up" but ultimately gained the lead permanently with the Apollo 11 landing on the moon on July 20, 1969. The USSR's lunar program failed and they then concentrated on earth-orbiting space stations. The Apollo-Soyuz Test Project began with an agreement between the two countries in April 1972 and culminated in July 1975 with the historical docking in space attested to by this important document.

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