Stafford, Brand, Slayton, Leonov & Kubasov – Apollo-Soyuz Test Project Cover
SIGNED BY TOM STAFFORD, VANCE BRAND, DEKE SLAYTON, ALEXEI LEONOV, AND VALERI KUBASOV!
From the personal collection of Anatole Forostenko, NASA Apollo-Soyuz Russian Language Instructor-Interpreter.
Postal cover marking the beginning of the Soyuz cosmonauts’ three-week training in America with the Apollo astronauts for the joint American/Soviet Apollo-Soyuz mission in 1975, signed by Tom Stafford, Vance Brand, Deke Slayton, Alexei Leonov, and Valeri Kubasov. American Skylab stamp cancelled in Houston, Sep 9, AM, 1974. The image shows both crews at a press conference.
Dr. Forostenko led a Russian language team at NASA’s Astronaut Office to prepare astronauts to communicate with cosmonauts during Apollo-Soyuz, working closely with both crews as instructor-interpreter. He collected these autographs in person while there.