Space Exploration: Racing for the Moon

The U.S.S.R. docked two unmanned satellites by remote control last October; ever since, U.S. space experts have watched and waited for the next Soviet moves toward a manned moon landing. Within the past two weeks, the Russians took two steps in that direction: a second automatic linkup of two unmanned spacecraft, Cosmos 212 and 213, in earth orbit last week; and, five days earlier, an unmanned orbiting of the moon by the spacecraft Luna 14.

The latest docking pas de deux in the Cosmos series, U.S. space watchers say, increases chances that...

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