Space: Abandoning the Planets to Russia

Squeezed by rising costs of the Viet Nam war, still troubled by the fatal Apollo fire and influenced by polls reporting slipping public interest in space flight, congressional economizers have been slicing away at NASA's space budget. Their efforts have been so successful that the U.S., while still committed to landing men on the moon by 1970, has virtually scrapped its once ambitious planetary exploration program. Alarmed by the trend, an eminent U.S. space scientist has forcefully spoken out, warning that the U.S. is in effect abandoning the planets to Russia. In...

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