Space: Russia's Race to the Moon

The first important news of Russia's latest space venture came, as it has so often in the past, not from a Moscow spokesman but from a distinguished British scientist. Closemouthed Soviet scientists announced only that a space craft called Zond 5 had been launched into deep space from a parking orbit around the earth. But after Astronomer Sir Bernard Lovell trained his 250-ft. Jodrell Bank radio telescope on the receding craft and analyzed its signals, he told the world exactly what the Russians were trying to do. Zond's mission, he stated, was to fly around the moon and return...