Foreign News: The Brahmins of Redland

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Just a year ago, a Russian announcement made the back pages of American newspapers, if it got in at all. It appeared to be only one more Soviet boast —and a pretty fanciful one at that. Aleksandr Nikolaevich Nesmeyanov, president of the Soviet Academy of Sciences, flatly declared on June 1, 1957 that the Russians "have created the rockets and all the instruments and equipment necessary to solve the problem of the artificial earth satellite." Had Nesmeyanov made a similar statement last week about Russia's readiness to make a trip to...

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