A Letter From The Publisher: may 24, 1963

ASTRONAUT talk is literally out of this world, and yet it has its own necessary coherence—as shown by the dramatic moments described in this week's cover story on the epic flight of Gordon Cooper. Nowadays everyone from garage mechanics to gospel singers have their own lingo, their own shorthand, and their own vivid phraseology. It might be possible to put out an issue of TIME in the 850 words of Basic English, but to do so would be to leave out an essential vitality in the way Americans do and say things.

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