THE NATION: Prestige Shot

"Attention, Moscow speaking," the announcer boomed, and his words were heard around the world. "Today, the 14th of September, at 00:02:24, Moscow time, the second Soviet cosmic rocket reached the surface of the moon. It is the first time in history that a cosmic flight has been made from the earth to another celestial body." The Soviet moon rocket, with a last-stage weight of 3,342 Ibs., treated against bacteria so as not to contaminate the surface of the moon, carried red pennants and a hammer-and-sickle emblem inscribed "The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, 1959."

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