Astronaut Gibson shakes hands with Cosmonaut Dezhurov, 29 June 1995.
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Astronaut Robert L Gibson, STS-71 mission commander, shakes the hand of cosmonaut Vladimir N Dezhurov, Mir-18 commander. The historic handshake took place two and a half weeks prior to the 20th anniversary of a similar in-space greeting between cosmonauts and astronauts participating in the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (ASTP). On July 17, 1975, astronaut Thomas P Stafford, NASA's ASTP commander, greeted his counterpart, Aleksey A Leonov, in a docking tunnel linking the Soyuz and Apollo spacecraft.