Science: Was There a Man in Space?

Russian space scientists last week scored a new first of sorts. They admitted that something went wrong with one of their spacecraft.

When the Russians launched their latest satellite, they described it in some detail: it was a practice spaceship, weighing five tons (a new orbiting record), and containing a cabin with the necessary fittings to keep a man alive. There was no man on board, the Russians said, only a dummy the weight of a man. As the satellite cruised around the earth, instruments would report whether conditions inside it were right for a living man. Then the cabin would be...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!