Science: A Russian Success

"Hey," asked Cosmonaut Vladislav Volkov, 35, "do you see what he's doing?" Before mission control could answer, Volkov's commander, Lieut. Colonel Georgy Dobrovolsky, 43, appeared on Moscow TV screens. He was playfully floating on his back in the zero gravity of space and pumping his legs as if he were pedaling a bicycle. Then, while all Russia watched, Volkov accidentally released a picture of Lenin, letting the father of the Soviet state drift aimlessly around the spacecraft.

Orbital Acrobatics. If the behavior of the three cosmonauts aboard the Soviet Union's huge Salyut spacecraft last week seemed exuberant, there was good reason. In...

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