ALEXEI LEONOV ON APOLLO-SOYUZ.

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Lot 48
ALEXEI LEONOV ON APOLLO-SOYUZ.

US$ 20,000 - 30,000
£ 16,000 - 23,000

The Air and Space Sale

17 Sep 2019, 13:00 EDT

New York

ALEXEI LEONOV ON APOLLO-SOYUZ.
EXTENSIVE MANUSCRIPT BY LEONOV DETAILING THE MISSION.
Autograph Manuscript, 52 pages, recto only, approximately 12 x 8 1/4 inches, in Russian, [1975], with extensive corrections and additions. * With: Autograph Manuscript Signed ("Leonov"), 1 page, 12 x 8 1/2 inches, in Russian, [c. 1995], being a statement regarding the above manuscript. * And with: 37-page photocopy of the typescript, one leaf with autograph corrections and diagram on verso in red pen.
Provenance: Sotheby's Russian Space History, March 16, 1996, lot 195, consigned directly by Alexei Leonov.

Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov here supplies a detailed account of his experiences for the Soviet-published book Soyuz-Apollo. Since the book had multiple contributors, only a small portion of Leonov's manuscript was included so much of the present manuscript includes unpublished material.
The manuscript opens: ["October, 1972. Star City. The small town wears the colors of autumn. The days are clear, the nights are frosty ... Everyone is unusually excited ... today's gossip is about the arrival of the Americans ... Who will be coming? What are they thinking? What are they like? For the first time Americans arrive in our country to discuss a cooperation in an area outside of economics, art or medicine."]
The most exciting portion is, of course, the Soviet-American docking in space: ["Apollo sees Soyuz at 410 km ... Apollo is approaching at three meters ... 1 meter, another instant and I shout, in English, 'Contact' ... They open the hatches ... 'Glad to see you,' I say [to Stafford]. Stafford extends his hand towards me. Here it is, the handshake in space!"]
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ALEXEI LEONOV ON APOLLO-SOYUZ.
ALEXEI LEONOV ON APOLLO-SOYUZ.
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