For the first time. American space experts and astronauts visited the soviet Union' space centre?
For the first time. American space experts and astronauts visited the soviet Union' space centre at Zvyozdni Gorodok, in a secluded pine forest 20 miles east of Moscow. A two-week work programme began on Monday (november 19th) to prepare for the U.S.R. - U.S.A. joint space venture in 1975, when the Russian Soyuz and American Apollo will link up with the United States Skylab orbiting space laboratory.
A group of soviet spacemen visited the american space centre in Houston, Texas, last July. The visits are to familiarise Soviet and American spacemen with each other's equipment and procedures.
The crews of the Soyuz and Apollo space crafts were introduced to the press by Major-General Vladimir shatalov, head of the Soviet space training programme, a former Astronaut. The U.S. delegation was headed by General Thomas Stafford. They announced ha a joint training programme would begin next summer. The soviet crew includes Colonel Alexei Leonov, the first man to walk in space.
Zvyozdni Gorodok -- which means Star village -- is a modest collection of neat, cream-coloured brick buildings, far smaller than the sprawling space centre in Houston. The Soviet cosmonauts and their families live on the premises, which are surrounded by stone walls and guarded by military police.
A welcoming banner for the Americans stretched along the wall read. "Glory to the Conquerors of space.".