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Lev M
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posted 04-23-2013 11:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lev M   Click Here to Email Lev M     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have recently purchased a lot with four postcards in it. One of them caught my attention by the following text:
Colonel Alexei Arkhipovich Leonov, commander of Crew One for the Soyuz spaceship.

I have two explanation of this not quite correct statement:

  1. It is about the Apollo-Soyuz mission but Apollo was not mentioned on the card.

  2. The card was created for the Soyuz 11 mission (where Leonov was actually the commander of Crew One) but it was put on hold because of the tragedy. Later the number was removed and the card was issued.
What would the local experts say regarding the card? Thank you.

Neil DC
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posted 04-24-2013 10:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Neil DC   Click Here to Email Neil DC     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looks like option one for Apollo-Soyuz, given that the date of the card is 1975, the year if the ASTP. Also he looks a bit older than the pics from the Voskhod era. I think I have seen similar B&W portraits from Kubasov and the American crew.

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posted 05-05-2013 06:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo-Soyuz   Click Here to Email Apollo-Soyuz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have done a little research on the above postcard. Card was published by a company called Planeta located in Moscow, The card illustrated was one of fourteen cards published which depicted the prime and backup astp crews of both the russian and american. 15,000 cards were published. All 14 cards were vertically oriented.

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dom
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posted 05-05-2013 10:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dom   Click Here to Email dom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think it refers to the fact that there were two separate Soyuz spacecraft and crews for the ASTP mission.

If Leonov's rocket had failed at launch, another Soyuz would have been launched immediately with the second crew.

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posted 05-05-2013 04:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo-Soyuz   Click Here to Email Apollo-Soyuz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
dom- You are right. Russia allocated two Soyuz spacecraft and launch vehicles to ASTP with a prime and backup crew for both spacecraft.

Lev M
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posted 05-05-2013 11:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lev M   Click Here to Email Lev M     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you for the detailed information!

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