1. What is the role of the American scientist Reinhold Hoffmann?
Reinhold Hoffmann is responsible for the building and launching of the space shuttle Columbus.
2. What is the relationship between Reinhold Hoffmann and the Russian scientist Konrad Schneider?
Reinhold Hoffmann and Konrad Schneider worked together in Prussia at the end of WWII. Hoffmann returned to the United States while Schneider went to live in Moscow.
3. Who is Grigorievitch, and what expectations does he have of Konrad Schneider?
Grigorievitch is the Assistant Commissioner for Nuclear Science of Russia. He expects to see the Russian spacecraft launch in about a month, thus beating the Americans into space.
4. What does Reinhold Hoffmann see in the night sky over the island of Taratura, and what does it imply?
Reinhold Hoffmann sees large shadows, which reveal themselves as spaceships. He realizes that America and Russia both have lost the race to put a ship into space, since a spaceship has come to them.
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