Russia: Duet in Space

The Russians this week took a giant new stride in the race toward the moon. From the Soviet rocketdrome in Central Asia, two manned space capsules rose into orbit around the earth and established visual and radio contact with each other. It was the first test of teamwork in space. Russian scientists said that the purpose of the mission was to check the physical effects of weightless flight on two cosmonauts orbiting under identical conditions and—more importantly—to gain experience in contact between vehicles in space.

The first cosmonaut to blast off was Major Andrian Grigorievich Nikolaev, 32, a country boy...

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