Science: Trial Satellite

The first satellite that the U.S. will try to place in an orbit around the earth has apparently been downgraded by about three-quarters. Last week Washington officials of Project Vanguard admitted, with some cross-contradiction, that the first try will be made with a sphere 6.4 in. in diameter weighing about 4.5 lbs. The original plans called for a 20-in. sphere weighing 21.5 lbs. and packed with instruments and radio transmitters. The reduced satellite will carry practically nothing beyond minimum radio equipment to allow it to be tracked through space.

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