A Letter From The Publisher, Aug. 9, 1971

THINKING back to the early '60s, Reporter-Researcher Sydnor Vanderschmidt recalls the difficulties that "space journalism" had in getting off the ground: "When the space age began, it seemed that no one was prepared to interpret the developments for a general audience. The scientists used incomprehensible jargon, and a typical reporter's question was 'How in the world does that satellite stay up there?' " Since then, Syd observes, "newsmen have acquainted themselves with orbital mechanics, and the scientists have finally learned to speak English."

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