The Press: Space Fiction by A.P.

"In the final moments of the flight," burbled a story in the New York Post, "the space passenger lost all sense of up and down." So. it seemed, had the Post as well as hundreds of other free-world newspapers that blasted off last week with an Associated Press report that Russia had shot a manned missile into space. For, despite such hedged headlines as the New York Daily News's REDS SAY ROCKET MAN ROSE 186 MI., it was palpably clear from the start that 1) the Reds had said no such thing, and 2) the coming of the Sputnik has infected...

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