Space: Orbital Troika

With no warning, Moscow television abruptly interrupted its mid-afternoon program. Moments later it showed videotaped views of the Soviet Union's huge space center at Baikonur in Central Asia. Two smiling cosmonauts, dressed in leather jackets and fatigues, arrived at the launch site. After exchanging ritual greetings with Soviet space officials, they waved to workmen and clambered aboard their big spaceship, Soyuz 6. They had every reason to be happy. As it disappeared into the cloud-covered Kazakhstan skies, the latest Soyuz got the Soviets off to the busiest week of rocketry since they began the space race with the flight...

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