By Paul Dickson
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Beyond this mission, future human spacecraft of the two nations would be able to dock with each other. S. and Soviet spacecraft. NASA and the Soviet Academy of Sciences announced the official ASTP emblem in March 1974. The circular emblem displayed the English word Apollo and the Russian word Soyuz on either side of a center globe with a superimposed silhouette of the docked spacecraft. Apollo 18 and Soyuz 19 were launched on July 15, 1975, with a “meeting in space” on July 17. Soyuz 19 landed July 21, and Apollo 18 splashed down three days later.
Within the last year and by the Air Force, I am willing to add,” the General responded proudly. ” Finally the Army and Navy came to see the Air Force–centric coinage as such a blatant linguistic power play that the Joint Chiefs of Staff were brought in to offer a compromise definition: “The earth’s envelope of atmosphere and the space above it, two separate entities considered as a single realm for activity in launching, guiding and controlling of vehicles which will travel in both realms” (NASA Names Files, record no.
The name Agena had first appeared in the Geography of the Heavens, published in the 1800s by the “popularizing Connecticut astronomer” Elijah H. Burritt, and was preserved in American dictionaries as the popular name for the star Beta Centauri. Burritt was thought to have coined the 7 Algol name from alpha (A, for first or foremost) and gena (knee) because he had located the star near the “right foreleg” of the constellation. , the Constellation aircraft and Polaris intercontinental ballistic missile).
A Dictionary of the Space Age by Paul Dickson