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But today on seven seas Sail such giant ships as these. “Wonderful!” the world exclaims At the speed of hydroplanes.

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Year by year time passed away...

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Now we’ve got it, now we’ve got it! Round the world there flies the rocket!

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Carriage to spaceship—that’s a lot! That's a miracle, is it not?

Translated from the Russian by Walter May

Illustrated by Vitaly Statsinsky First printing 1975 © Translation into English. illustrated Progress Publishers 1975 70801 -689 014 (01)-75

Printed in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

144-74

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