The Space Programs of the Soviet Union.

by Firmin Joseph Krieger

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This summation of the Soviet Union's space programs presents in text and tables its achievements and failures. Of three goals: putting a man in orbit, putting a payload on the moon, and probing Mars and Venus, only the last eludes the Soviets. Development of a rocket with more than two and one-half times the power of prior rockets indicates a new phase in the Soviets' assault on space. Although they have not clearly demonstrated the ability to maneuver manned spacecraft, they have made advances in various scientific and technical programs. 17 pp.

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