"We've all got rocket fever here," said the manager of the Starlite Motel in Cocoa Beach, Fla. one day last week. "Everything centers on the Cape. We look at it and live with it every day." The Cape is Cape Canaveral, home of the Air Force missile test center, and the everyday facts of life of nearby Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Melbourne, Rockledge and Titusville—on Florida's east coast—probably have no parallel anywhere else in the world.

It is a land where highways are likely to be blocked so that trailers can haul their menacing, canvas-shrouded packages to the secret precincts beyond the gates....

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