A Letter From The Publisher, Jul. 21, 1975

How would the rocket crew feel while the rocket was accelerating? They would lie barely conscious on their contoured G-couches ... The men would be expected to rise from their beds of pain (not knowing which end is up) and perform navigation feats that would tax a professor of celestial mechanics.

—TIME, Dec. 8,1952

Some anxieties have been dissipated since TIME'S first cover story on space exploration, but the "navigation feat" involved in the Apollo-Soyuz orbital linkup involves a new challenge. As Timothy James, who edited our cover story, puts it: "Apollo-Soyuz is an...

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