Science: How Safe in Space?

The time is not far off, said Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev last week, "when the first spaceship with a man on board will soar into space." He and his audience assumed, of course, that the first spaceman will be a Soviet astronaut riding a Soviet satellite. Most U.S. authorities tend to agree, admitting that the Soviet man-in-space program is well ahead of the U.S.'s. The Russians might well be able to put a man into orbit this week and bring him back in reasonably good condition. The five-ton satellites in which they have orbited...

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