Science: A Fat Sausage In the Sky

Moscow links up two crews in space station

For more than a month two Soviet cosmonauts have been circling the earth in the 65-ft.-long Salyut 6 space station, observing the earth, performing experiments in weightless conditions, growing algae as a possible food for future space travelers, donning new, improved space suits, and even erecting a small New Year's tree inside their 19-ton home away from earth.

Last week the Soviet team had callers. From the fog-shrouded space station at Tyuratam, Kazakhstan, two more cosmonauts were launched into orbit aboard Soyuz 27. They were Air...

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