The two cosmonauts who will take part in the joint U.S.S.R.-U.S.A. Apollo-Soyuz met with foreign?
The two cosmonauts who will take part in the joint U.S.S.R.-U.S.A. Apollo-Soyuz met with foreign and Soviet newsmen on Tuesday (3 June).
With the launch scheduled for 15 July, the newsmen were invited a familiarise themselves with the workings of the Star City training ground, where all Soviet spacemen, and some Americans, have been trained for their space projects.
It is unlikely the cosmonauts will have time for more news conference before the historic blast-off. First they must complete a visit to Cape Canaveral to survey the U.S. Apollo preparations, and then return to a secret launching site in Soviet Central Asia.
SYNOPSIS: The launching of the Soyuz and Apollo spacecraft which will take part in the first major United States-Soviet space project is just five weeks away.
Before the Soviet cosmonauts taking part in the mission left for an inspection tour at Cape Canaveral, they met with foreign and Soviet newsmen at Star City, near Moscow. Star City is the training ground for all Soviet cosmonauts, and has also been used in the training of United States' astronauts. Present at the news conference were Alexei Leonov and Valeri Kubasov...the two men who will fly the Soviet Soyuz craft to the link up with Apollo. Newsmen asked questions about the strict programme of preparation for the space-flight, and whether Leonov was ready to report back to earth in English. He said he was ... after eight hundred hours' training in the language.
The reporters then inspected the orbital station and a mock-up of the Soyuz capsule.