Most Americans know how the space
race began: with the 1957 launch of Sputnik by the U.S.S.R. But fewer remember
how it all but ended: a 1975 mission in which an Apollo spacecraft docked with
its Soviet counterpart in low Earth orbit.
Historians view that flight as a
turning point, paving the way for the U.S. and Russia to team up decades later
to build the International Space Station.
don’t start with Mars. We start with space science and build our way up from
that,” said Michael Krepon, co-founder of the Stimson Center, a
Washington-based think tank that examines global peace and security issues.
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