SPACE AGE: The New Moon

As Explorer whirled overhead, a sigh of relief that was almost audible swept the free world. AT LAST, proclaimed a banner headline in the Buenos Aires Herald, AN UNCLE SAMNIK!

"U.S. honor has been saved," said Tokyo's Yomiuri Shimbun, "its dignity and prestige recovered." An Italian official put the same sentiments differently. "We say simply magari," he told an American friend, adding: "In rough translation, that means, 'Thank God, you finally went and did it.' " The British press, most of which had hooted in cheery derision at the flop of the...

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