Science: Historic Moment

The Navy announced last week that it had fired its first long-range rocket at sea. From the carrier Midway, somewhere off Bermuda, a German V-2 roared out, veered sideways, exploded six miles away. Navy spokesmen blamed a defective steering gyro for the erratic flight. The shipboard launching, they said, was successful. Success or not, it officially opened a new era of naval warfare.

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