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ANS. Astronomical Netherlands Satellite. In June 1970 NASA and the Netherlands Ministries of Economic Affairs and Education and Science reached agreement to launch the first Dutch scientific satellite. The satellite was designated ANS, and an ANS Program Authority was created by the ministries to direct the cooperative project. NASA provided an experiment and the Scout launch vehicle, and the Program Authority designed, built, and tested the spacecraft and provided tracking and data acquisition.

Low had urged consideration of the request from the astronauts’ widows that the designation Apollo 1, used by the astronauts publicly and included on their insignia, be retained. NASA Headquarters, Office of Manned Space Flight, therefore recommended the new numbering, and the NASA Project Designation Committee announced its approval on April 3, 1967. The earlier, uncrewed Apollo Saturn IB missions AS-201, AS-202, and AS-203 were not given “Apollo” flight numbers, and no missions were named Apollo 2 or Apollo 3.

Kissinger, and NASA Administrator Thomas O. Paine aboard Air Force One while flying to the July Apollo 11 splashdown. The United States had invited the Soviet Union to participate in experiments and information exchange in previous years. Now Dr. Paine sent Mstislav V. S. post-Apollo plans and suggested exploration of cooperative programs. In April 1970 Dr. Paine suggested, in an 18 Apollo-Soyuz Test Project informal meeting with academician Anatoly A. Blagonravov in New York, that the two nations cooperate on astronaut safety, including compatible docking equipment on space stations and shuttles to permit rescue operations in space emergencies.

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