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Instead, Stafford and his Apollo 10 crew would fly the complete profile of a landing, including being the first to fly the Lunar Module into lunar orbit, and flying it down to within 47,000 feet of the surface. It would be the finalfull-scale dress rehearsal prior to the Apollo 11 crew’s successful landing just two months later.Upon returning from the moon, Stafford would be chosen to serve in a variety of NASA administrative capacities, including chief of the astronaut corps. Stafford would then be selected to command in 1975 his fourth and final space mission, which would have international implications. The Cold War was at its peak, and had squared off the world’s two great superpowers, the U.S. and the Soviet Union, in a nuclear standoff that had brought the world to the brink of World War III on several occasions. In an effort to find some common ground, and to defuse the tension, both nations signed an agreement to fly a joint mission in space named the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project. It would be a mission of great political risk for the U.S. and the Soviets. If the mission proved to be asuccess, the Cold War tension might be …

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