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Seven and a half hours later, the American spacecraft Apollo was sent on its last ever mission, guided by astronauts Donald Slayton, Vance Brand and Thomas Stafford.
Two days later, the Russians and Americans met in space and made history.
At the time, Stafford said: "When we opened this hatch in space, we were opening, back on Earth a new era in the history of man."
But the period of detente that enabled the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project to proceed, ended when Russia and the U.S. found themselves in a proxy war in Afghanistan at the end of the decade.
It would be another 20 years before Russia and the U.S. docked in space again, with the MIR- Shuttle Program