Science: Keeping Up with Venusnik

Swiftly, silently save for an occasional radio signal, the latest and greatest Soviet space vehicle continued speeding toward Venus.

The Soviets have cloaked their feat with some mystery, are doling out the facts of the flight in dribbles to whet world curiosity. Last week Pravda published the latest installment of details and the first photo of "Venusnik.'' Biggest news: the satellite will probe deeply into the gravitational field of Venus—will pass within 62,000 miles of the cloud-shrouded planet on May 19 or May 20—then flash back data to earth and continue onward in an elliptical orbit around the sun.

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