A Letter From The Publisher, Dec. 15, 1975

As a student pilot flying a Piper Cub, Correspondent David Lee recalls, he was always "scaring the breath out of my instructor" and landing in "hop-it-in" style. Recently Lee, who covered the Apollo program for TIME, was back in Houston at the controls of NASA'S new, "reusable" spaceship. The old hop-it-in landing did not work when he tried to bring down the giant spaceship, and he crashed. Fortunately the flight was simulated, and Lee was not only able to walk away but also to file a report for this week's story in Science, written...

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