Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is offering a certificate to anyone who received slow-scan TV images during the Apollo-Soyuz mission 40th anniversary event, July 18-19. The ARISS team transmitted a series of 12 SSTV images related to the historical event. Apollo-Soyuz represented the first joint US-USSR mission, and it set the stage for later US-Russia collaboration on the space shuttle, Mir Space Station, and the ISS. The limited-edition certificate is available to all who apply by July 31.
Several dozen SSTV images — many of them received by stations in Europe and Asia — have been posted to the ARISS website.
During the Apollo-Soyuz coupling, NASA astronauts Tom Stafford, Deke Slayton, and Vance Brand in an Apollo Command and Service Module met Russian cosmonauts Aleksey Leonov and Valeriy Kubasov in a Soyuz capsule. The five collaborated on experiments, and the experience opened the door to future US-Russian cooperation in space.
The Soyuz and Apollo vehicles were docked from July 17-19, 1975. — Thanks to AMSAT News Service via Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, ARISS International Chair, and NASA