A Letter From The Publisher, Oct. 20, 1958

EIGHTEEN months ago (April i, L. 1957), in a cover story on Air Force Missileman Bernard Schriever, TIME reported that Air Force scientists con sidered sending an unmanned rocket to the moon a worthwhile project, and estimated that they could be ready to shoot in 1 8 months. Last week tireless, punctual Major General Schriever and his men sent their rocket — Pioneer —far out into space. For the story of their hopes, disappointments and accomplishments, see NATIONAL AFFAIRS.

AMID Democratic claims of landslide and Republican counterclaims of strength, TIME'S editors decided to make a searching survey of the area that could...