ARMED FORCES: From Skate to Space

In the half light of the North Pole, 50 years after Explorer Robert Peary first got there, the U.S. nuclear submarine Skate cleaved up to the surface through densely packed winter ice. There Skate's officers and men, on their second underwater voyage to the Pole (TIME, Aug. 25), conducted a solemn ceremony: they scattered the ashes of Polar Explorer Sir Hubert Wilkins, dead since last December, who had envisioned the possibility of journeying to the Pole by submarine. That done, Skate submerged, went on to complete a record trip of 3,090 miles and twelve days under the ice pack, in...

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