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‘Joint Efforts’: July 1975 marked the first joint effort of the two competing Cold War nations to develop a docking station that would enable two ships to connect in the event of a rescue or operational problems. It was first time the US and Soviet Union had combined their brains trust and technology in order to make space a safer place for their pioneering astronauts and cosmonauts. Once the docking “collar” was in place, the two countries launched rockets into orbit and had to wait almost two days to see whether the craft met in the middle and docked to the station …