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From 50 Years Ago: A Tale of Two Cities.

Editorial from Volume XI, Annual Number, No's 4, 5 & 6, January, 1959.

The story of 1958 was a Tale of Two Cities: The world, very unnaturally, moved around two cities, Moscow and Washington. But by and large, Moscow seemed to have the edge on Washington: successes, it seemed, almost came to it naturally. The sputniks went up into the thinning air with alarming regulari-ty and ease. Some stayed in their orbits as if to tenancy born. In size they were breath-taking; in their tale-telling capacities, un-matched. Their beep-beep-beep added a new dimension to science and a major headache to western publicists. And then, most stu-pendous achievement of all, a lunik went be-yond all expectations into the sun’s orbit – the first man-made planet to mock at the works of God.

In contrast, Washington, London, Paris and Bonn, not to mention Rome and B russels and Tokyo, seemed deeply immersed in more mundane problems. From Cape Caarneval went up sporadic space-travel-lers, small in size, limited in equipment. And from Washington came wails of slips here and slips there and a loss of position in Baghdad, Cairo and other fronts. Both on the scientific, technological and diplomatic fronts, the West was slipping – and slipping badly.

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