The Nation: Cooperation in the Cosmos

IT the 1980s, and the first manned spacecraft from earth has finally landed on Mars after a five-month journey. The television camera shows two figures poised on the bottom rung of the spacecraft's ladder, ready to set foot on Martian soil. Simultaneously the two men take the women tous step and in rapid succession make their historic statements — one in Eng lish, the other in Russian. Indeed, bilingualism is symbolic of the entire mis sion. For man's first voyage to Mars is a dramatic undertaking involving both the U.S. and the U.S.S.R.


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