U.S. ‘kidnapped’ Soviet spacecraft

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lunikThe Kidnapping of the Lunik may sound like the latest spy thriller, but it’s the title of a U.S. intelligence report from 1967.

The USSR, in the midst of the space race, sent the Lunik — Sputnik’s younger but stronger sister — on a global tour, an old-fashioned exhibition/trade fair to demonstrate Communism’s most high-tech achievement.

You’d think that the Soviets would send a Hollywood-style mock-up, right? Continue reading

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50 years ago, JFK offered Soviets shot at moon

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buzzaldrinapollo11In the middle of the space race, President Kennedy suggested that the Soviet Union and the United States work together on a mission to send a man to the moon, the National Journal reminds us.

Kennedy announced his proposal in a speech before the U.N. General Assembly in New York City on Sept. 20, 1963. Continue reading

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