Space: In Earthly Trouble

Precisely as planned, the 550-ton, eight-engine rocket rose ponderously from its launch pad and thundered into the sky. Last week's flight from Cape Canaveral was the third faultless test of the mammoth, 162-ft. Saturn, prototype of the giant rockets that the U.S. hopes will carry an American to the moon by 1967 or 1968. But even as Saturn was moving toward success in the sky, the U.S. man-to-the-moon program was in earthly trouble. It stemmed from the clashing personalities and ideas of the project's two top officials.

The Conflict. One was James Webb, head of the National Aeronautics and Space...

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