Space: Evaluating Zond

Zond 5's successful loop around the moon and its safe recovery in the Indian Ocean provided fair warning last week that Russia is well and truly back in the race for the moon. Many scientists believe that the flight was merely a prelude to the circling of the moon by a Soviet cosmonaut, a mission that could be carried out within the next few months. But U.S. space officials are still hopeful that American astronauts can make a lunar landing before the Russians set foot on the moon.

Retiring NASA Chief James Webb was mightily impressed by Zond's flight, calling...

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