Science: Training for Togetherness

Welcomed by vodka toasts to U.S.Soviet friendship, American astronauts arrived in Russia last week to begin the final round of joint training exercises for next July's historic linkup of a U.S. Apollo and a Soviet Soyuz spacecraft. Both the American and Russian crews were confident that the flight would be successful; they all signed the jug of vodka, recorked it and promised to polish it off when they got back from orbit.

In the Soyuz simulators at Star City, the cosmonaut training site outside Moscow, Astronauts Tom Stafford, Deke Slayton and Vance Brand joined Cosmonauts Aleksei Leonov and Valery Kubasov in...

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