A Letter From The Publisher, Nov. 18, 1957

LONG before Sputnik soared into its orbit, TIME's editors and correspondents had been exploring the fascinating vistas and terrifying dangers of space travel, missile war, and the scientific and technological resources that make them possible. Along with countless week-to-week stories, TIME took its first full-length journey into space five years ago with a cover story on the Space Pioneer (Dec. 8, 1952). In the following months the editors reported on the state of U.S. education in science, in the cover on California Institute of Technology President Lee DuBridge (May 16, 1955); on space medicine, with Colonel John Stapp (Sept. 12, 1955);...

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