Science: Two Steps

Space can be mastered only by a careful, step-by-step campaign. Last week the Russians took a forward step by launching another of their five-ton "spaceship" satellites and landing it successfully. This one, said Moscow, carried a dog named Zvezdochka (Little Star) and other small creatures. The flight gives the Soviet man-in-space program a three-out-of-five record of success in orbiting manworthy satellites and bringing them back to earth safely. If a Soviet astronaut had been on board last week, he would presumably have survived.

The U.S. is making a different step-by-step study of space. Last week the National Aeronautics and Space Administration launched...

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