Space: Tuned In, But Not Turned On

"Here they are, the first pictures of our cosmonauts!" With that exuberant introduction, Veteran Soviet Anchor Man Yuri Fokin, 50, Moscow's properly graying, avuncular counterpart of U.S. television's Walter Cronkite, began his commentary on the first live broadcast from the orbiting Soyuz. Fokin's enthusiasm was typical: no event in recent years had been so ballyhooed by the Kremlin as the Apollo-Soyuz linkup.

Soviet TV devoted five hours of air time to the mission on the day of the launch, carrying the Soviet space story from the late cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin to live coverage of...

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