Congress had stars in its eyes. . . .
But the Reagan administration planned to ignore the UN space conference on Aug. 9 in Austria. Congressmen sought US participation to defend America's image against such critics as the Soviet Union and third world nations.
US militarization of space is likely to be a primary issue. Rep. Larry Winn of Kansas, ranking Republican on a space subpanel, pushed the White House to prepare for a strong US show at the meeting.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the State Department came through, but only at the last minute. Their 35-member team will have only one meeting before leaving.