THE NATION: Beyond the Earth

At a time when political charge and countercharge revved the air waves, when a kind of national self-examination was going on, and when reports of declining U.S. prestige abroad could be politically magnified into charges that the U.S. had become a second-class power, a dazzling succession of achievements did much to restore U.S. pride last week. It was one of the space age's most eventful weeks so far, and what went on above the earth all but dwarfed the confusions and diffi culties below. Within a span of 48 hours, U.S. spacemen:


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