Science: Soviet Coup

A giant step for womankind

U.S. Astronaut Kathy Sullivan had hoped that on a shuttle flight next October she would become the first woman to walk in space. Last week, however, Soviet Cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya, 36, beat her to it. Accompanied by the mission commander, Vladimir Dzhanibekov, Savitskaya spent 3 hr. 35 min. outside the Salyut7 space station, wielding an experimental tool to cut and solder metal plates. Shaped like a large camera, the all-purpose, hand-operated device emits a laser-like beam of electrons. Savitskaya and Dzhanibekov then switched roles, and she photographed him...

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