Science: Back in Orbit

Although they have been lagging badly in the space race, the Russians have not lost their flair for the dramatic. Just as a major international space conference was winding up in Leningrad last week, and U.S. Moon Walker Neil Armstrong was inspecting the cosmonauts' Star City compound outside Moscow, the Soviets launched a two-man spaceship, Soyuz 9. into orbit around the earth. On board were Vostok 3 Cosmonaut Andrian Nikolayev, 40—husband of the world's only spacewoman, Valentina Tereshkova—and Rookie Vitaly Sevastyanov, 35. They were the first Russians in space since last October's triple...

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