Space: Two Steps Toward the Moon

A pair of space missions designed to help pave the way for a U.S. manned landing on the moon got off to success ful starts. Lunar Orbiter 2, which will begin surveying the lunar surface for suitable landing sites this week, was eased into a high orbit around the moon. Astronauts James Lovell Jr. and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. blasted off for the last of the dozen Gemini flights, and, despite a radar failure, performed with polished perfection the complex rendezvous and docking maneuvers that simulate those to be made on the Apollo moon mission.

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