Science: Soviet Space: A Visit to Star City

In contrast to NASA's open-door policies, the Soviet Union has always guarded its manned space program with military-like secrecy. Flights are rarely announced beforehand. Failures are either ignored or categorically denied.

Even launch and training sites have been largely out of bounds for Western journalists. Now, as part of the growing scientific cooperation between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R., the Kremlin is be ginning to raise the curtain slightly. Several American correspondents, including TlME's Moscow Bureau Chief John Shaw and Washington-based Aerospace Reporter Jerry Hannifin, have recently been allowed to visit Zvezdnoy...

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