Space: Off to the Moon Again

In a bow to exploratory tradition, the Apollo 11 astronauts planted the American flag on the moon during their epic visit last July. The Apollo 12 astronauts, who are due to lift off this week, will do the same. The gesture will soon become more than a matter of tradition. Last week, when the Senate approved the $3.7 billion space authorization bill for 1970, congressional chauvinists had the final word. The bill orders U.S. astronauts to raise the flag as one of their initial acts on reaching firma beyond terra.

Among those who are to gather this week...

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