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ASTP

DECEMBER 1974

MOSCOW, UNION OF SOVIET SOCIALIST REPUBLICS

SOYUZ 16 CONCEPT —- An artist’s concept depicting the Soviet Soyuz 16 spacecraft in Earth orbit. The six-day Soyuz 16 Earth-orbital mission flown December 2-8, 1974, was a Soviet rehearsal for the joint U.S.-USSR Apollo-Soyuz Test Project. The crew of Soyuz 16 was Cosmonauts Anatolly V. Filipophenko, commander; and Hikolay H. Rukavishnikov, engineer. These two me are the Soviet ASTP second (back-up) crew, also. The three major components of the Soyuz spacecraft are the sphere-shaped orbital module, the decent vehicle (in center), and the instrument assembly module. Two solar panels extend out from the IA module. A docking mechanism to test the Soviet ASTP androgenous docking system (seen attached to the orbital module) was flown on the Soyuz 16 flight. This picture was made from a frame of 35mm motion picture film.

PHOTO COURTESY: USSR ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

PHOTO CREDIT: NASA or National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Apollo-Soyuz Test Project at Astronautix

Image credit: NASA

Image source: Numbers Station

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