Science: Moon Blow

The three-quarter moon rose over Europe last week as serene and remote as ever, but dropping faster and faster through its gravitational field was a small, alien object: a metal sphere blazoned with the hammer and sickle of the Soviet Union. Perhaps no one will ever know what happened when it hit. It may have dug an invisibly small crater among the natural meteor craters on the moon's scarred face. Perhaps it splashed a brief fountain of dust. Whatever it did, the moon could no longer serve as a symbol of unreachability. Man had...

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