Space: A Man's Victory

Space last week was a place for a pilot's reflexes and a scientist's judgments. It was a place for cool human reason based firmly on technical knowledge. Astronaut Leroy Gordon Cooper's performance in his Faith 7 space capsule was a dramatic rejection of any argument that machines alone and not man will be the key to the future exploration of space.

The lesson was clear: had Faith 7 not had a man aboard, it would have burned —destroying millions of dollars worth of equipment and a priceless treasury of new information. More important, if less tangible, was the fact that neither...

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