Space: Coexistence in Orbit?

During the days of unchallenged Soviet supremacy in the race for space, Moscow loftily rejected all U.S. attempts to cooperate in exploring man's newest frontier. For three years Russia boycotted successive U.N. outer space committees. But after John Glenn's three orbits, Khrushchev sent out a vague feeler about cooperation in the heavens. President Kennedy responded promptly, early this month suggested five specific areas for joint exploration: tracking space vehicles, space medicine, development of weather and communications satellites, studies of the earth's magnetic field.

Last week came the relatively affable answer. Khrushchev was willing to open bilateral scientific talks on the...

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