Anton Kudrov, Writer
Sloan Grant(s) Received: 2019, Screenwriting Award, USC
Project Type: Feature
Length: 108 pages
Field of Science: Aerospace, Mechanical Engineering
The Handshake is the true story of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, the first and only space docking between the USA and the Soviet Union. The protagonists are the respective project managers, Konstantin Bushuyev of the Science Academy and Glynn Lunney of NASA. Their mission proves a technical and cultural challenge, with neither side having been prepared for this level of international cooperation. Eventually though, the two teams develop a true friendship that goes above the Iron Curtain and political views to complete their common, scientific goal. The complex and dangerous space docking, involving astronauts and cosmonauts from both sides, effectively ends the space race in the 20th century.