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Poge Six

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Tuesday, July 15, 1975

Page Six THE MICHIGAN DAILY Tuesday, July 15, 197S

Astronauts, cosmonauts set for.

(Continued from Page 1)
liftoff hour but planned to watch
it on- videotape while eating
breakfast.
The Soviet cosmonauts, -Col.
Alexei Leonov and Valeri Xu-
basov, visited the memorial
homes of two Russian space
heroes on their last day before
the mission.
FOLLOWING tradition, Leon-
ov and Kubasov paid short
visits to the homes of the late
Yuri Gagarin, first man in
space, and Sergei Korolev, chief
designer of the first space rocket
system.
"We are ready to fly," Ku-
basov told reporters. "We are
symbolically reporting our read-
iness to these two great men."
The cosmonauts, like the as-

tronauts, were to leave their
crew quarters about three hours
before launch time to take up
positions in their spacecraft.
The launch centers were in con-
stant communications, ready to
hslt operations should prablems
develop at either place.
AMERICAN television net-
works will cover both launches
live today, beginning about 20
minutes before each liftoff. The
Soviets have never provided live
coverage of a rocket launch be-
fore now.
Stafford is a veteran of five
space rendezvous - and - docking
experiments which occurred on
two flights in the Gemini series
of the mid-1960's. Slayton and
Brand are both space rookies,
although "Deke" Slayton was

selected as one of the original
seven Mercury astronauts in
1959.
The following is a summary
of the major events in ASTP
planned for today:
THE SOYUZ will be launvhed
in a northeasterly direction
from a complex the Russians
refer to as Baikonur, the name
of a city more than 200 miles
from the actual launch site. The
Soviets will have a back-up
rocket ready if problems develop
with the prime Soyuz launch
vehicle-a. luxury the United
States cannot afford.
The Soyuz craft has a 10-
minute launch window, meaning
the mission will have to be
delayed by a day if the space-
craft cannot leave its pad by

8:30 EDT. Apollo has similar
limitations.
On the fourth orbit !fter lift-
off, Leonov and Kubasov will
fire thrusters on their tovuz to
circularize their orbit at about
140 miles.
ABOUT SEVEN and a half
hours after the Soviet launch,
Apollo will lift off from Launch
Complex 39B at Cape Canaveral,
also in a northeasterly diraz'ion.
An hour after it reaches orbit,
Stafford will begin a "turn-
around" maneuver, essential to
a docking with the Soyuz. He
will pull the Apollo Command
Service Module away from the
remaining Saturn SIV-B rocket
stage, turn 180 degrees, and
move back in to link the end of
the cone-shaped Apollo with the

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mission
cylindrical Docking Module.
The Docking Module is a spe-
cial "bridge" that will enable
the Apollo to dock with the
Soyuz and allow the crews frem
the two spacecraft to transfer
to each other's vehicle while in
space. It also serves as an air-
lock between the incompatible
atmospheres of the two space-
craft.
After linking with the Docking
Module, Stafford will extract it
from its storage space in the
launch vehicle and move away
to avoid recontact.
FOUR TO 5 hours after its
launch, Apollo will perform a
circularization burn designed to
raise it to the orbit of Soyuz.
Dcuring the two days before the
rendezvous, the crews from both
ships will conduct many otbtat
experiments on their own. The
docking itself is scheduled to
occur at about 12:20 p.m. Thurs-
day and will begin two days of
joint activities including several
crew transfers, joint experi-
ments, ceremonies and television
transmissions to the world be-
low.
The joint mission is the cul-
mination of more than three
years of planning. The formal
agreement was signed oy Presi-
dent Richard Nixon and Soviet
Premier Alexei Kosygin at their
1972 Moscow summit meeting.
Illis the last manned American
apace mission scheduled until
1979, when the Space Shuttle be-
gins operations in earth orbit.
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