LAS VEGAS — Soviet scientists traveled to the U.S. nuclear testing grounds Monday after visiting Hoover Dam and the Las Vegas Strip.
The 20 scientists will spend the remainder of the week at Mercury, a tiny Nevada town 65 miles northwest of here that was built to accommodate many of the 8,000 workers who run the U.S. testing program.
The visit follows a trip by American scientists to the Soviet testing grounds earlier this month. The exchange visits are considered a possible prelude to a nuclear test ban.
The Soviets took an hourlong bus ride down the Las Vegas Strip late Sunday night after a 20-hour flight from Moscow via New York City.