The Apollo–Soyuz Project was a symbolic event. It was a perfect example of people-to-people diplomacy when scientists could put aside political differences in the interests of greater pursuits, such as the exploration of space.

In the spirit of Apollo-Soyuz, the SOLAR Program will build upon the sincere love of space exploration and keep on strengthening cooperation between two countries. The aim of the program is to foster greater understanding and friendship between American and Russian youth; to encourage American and Russian young people to learn about space exploration; and to promote cultural, STEM, and space engineering opportunities.