Science: Back from Beyond

To the Soviet Union last week went honors for the most spectacular satellite achievement since Sputnik I: Russian scientists became the first to send living animals into space orbit and to recover them successfully.

The dramatic launching was dramatically announced. Into the hushed Moscow courtroom where the fate of U-2 Pilot Francis Powers was being deliberated rushed a Soviet official, with word that the U.S.S.R. had just orbited a 10,143-lb. animal-carrying satellite.

Russia's huge "flying zoo" was the heaviest object ever fired by man into space, more than twice the weight of Midas II,...

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