Science: Polaris out of the Sea

The Navy is gradually leaking information about missiles to be launched under water. In Missiles and Rockets, an article by Erik Bergaust gives intriguing details about the Polaris, an IRBM (Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile) that the Navy is developing with the help of the Army's famous missile center at Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, Ala.

Launching rocket-propelled missiles from a submerged submarine is not a new idea (TIME. May 22, 1950). Rockets deliver the same kind of thrust under water that they do in air or a vacuum, so they can start their journeys from a considerable distance below the surface of the...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!