THE NATION: Week of Challenge

From across the oceans and from space overhead came the clanking sounds of history on the move. To the U.S., it was a week of challenge unmatched since the days of the Korean war. More important. it was a week when the U.S. knew the challenges for what they were and began to frame the proper responses.

The challenge of Nikita Khrushchev's Sputnik III, a cone-shaped monster weighing almost 1½ tons and launched by a rocket obviously bigger than any in the U.S. arsenal, brought no sense of panic or dismay. Instead, it...

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