Science: Vigorous Atmosphere

Two new ideas about the upper atmosphere came out during the American Philosophical Society's meeting in Philadelphia last week: 1) that the region is violently turbulent; 2) that it produces cosmic radiations (not to be confused with cosmic rays).

Turbulence. Meteorological balloons, Professor Auguste Piccard's two stratospheric excursions, and high-drifting, icy cirrus clouds indicate that above ten miles winds blow steadily. Experts have been unable to sight any high-floating dust or haze to indicate any contrary condition. They therefore have predicted that if & when man can fly through the stratosphere, his...

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