Russia: After the Fall

The last time a pair of Soviet cosmonauts went whirling around the world, they spent a lot of time on the radio-telephone exchanging compliments with "dear Nikita Sergeevich."

But by the time they got back down to Moscow on Oct. 19, Khrushchev had been deposed in a sudden Kremlin coup. Last week Russia's latest space men (see cover story in SCIENCE) seemed to be taking no chances: their astral greeting was addressed to "the Leninist Central Committee of the Communist Party and the Soviet government." They could have been bolder, for after...

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