Field of Science

Looking back and looking forward

This photo was taken on the last US manned space flight in 1975 before the first shuttle launch in 1981. Portrayed is the historic handshake between Tom Stafford and Alexey Leonov through the open hatch between the American Apollo and Russian Soyuz ships. Today the Atlantis shuttle lifted off for the the last shuttle mission. It is the end of an era. Alas, all good things must end.

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