Space: The Next Giant Step

Reagan launches a campaign for a permanent space station

Silently drifting across the sky, it will resemble nothing so much as the imaginative creation of an inventive youngster with an Erector set. It will consist of sleek metal cylinders, winglike panels, sinewy aluminum beams and long, cranelike arms. But in the eyes of President Reagan, there is nothing really far out about the bizarre-looking object. If he has his way, it will be circling the earth by the early 1990s.

In an impassioned plea reminiscent of John F. Kennedy's 1961 pledge to land a...

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