Science: Off into Space

As spacemen of the world met in Amsterdam last week for the ninth Congress of the International Astronautical Federation, they were the most sought-after scientists on earth. They obliged by plotting dozens of ways to leave it. Items:

¶ Russian lunar probe has less priority than other undisclosed projects, said the U.S.S.R.'s top space spokesman, Leonid Sedov. He said no more. Other astronauts concluded from what he said that he meant Russia will try to orbit a man in a Sputnik by spring. An American will achieve the same stunt within five years, said the U.S. Army's Wernher von Braun, "and...

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