Space: The Lunar Landscape

It was beyond doubt one of the greatest achievements of Soviet science. By landing the unmanned Luna 9 spacecraft softly on the surface of the moon in condition to take and transmit pictures, Russian space scientists did more than edge ahead of the U.S. in the race to place a man on the lunar landscape. They proved that he would find a surface solid enough to stand on when he got there. Inexplicably, after announcing the landing, the Russians delayed capitalizing further on their triumph. Then, when British astronomers intercepted Luna 9's pictures and released them first, a Soviet scientist...