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By William Roy Shelton

Certain heritage of the yankee house application to 1967. 367 pages. Hardcover. Little, Brown and corporate.

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AMERICAN SPACE EXPLORATION 40 I that Vanguard was not a military weapon but a It was as annoying to them as research vehicle. " their research rocket the test had been a great success. article was presented They were proud of let the world know But when the resulting and wanted to to the Pentagon for security ance the Pentagon turned thumbs down on it. " blackout gradually reached the point where Vanguard was in actual effect far more any secret than of our rocket weapons. During the next year as further test vehicles lish that — were the test fired, enough leaked through to estab- program was on schedule and — so far successful.

In Paris, was in session Eisenhower was attending. The date was important for another reason: December 17 was the fifty-fourth anniversary of the day the first power-driven plane Wright brothers had flown at Kitty Hawk. The Cape Canaveral was that one of these two go and keep on going. the feeling at missiles — had to Tuesday morning dawned gray and foreboding. The original group of four reporters had now grown to forty on the north beach and about twelve south of the Cape, where most of the crowd had assembled.

Before each Berger dispatched one flight boat with a captain, mate, engineer and two experienced divers to a position several miles off the Cape. up with the countdown by radio, and They killed time kept by re- viewing their notes on the characteristics of the particular rocket they were waiting for or checking out their diving equipment. If the missile failed in early flight, the quickly to the point of impact. The crew boat charged searched for a propellant slick, dye markers or bubbles. If signs of the missile were tide effects ters computed current and diver.

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