Science: Safe

Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd's giant-wheeled, 55-ft. "snow cruiser," which is expected to straddle crevasses and galumph over the vast white fields of the Antarctic, ran into a peck of trouble in the crowded purlieus of civilization (TIME, Nov. 6). Last week the North Star was anchored in the Bay of Whales, Little America's port of entry, and the snow cruiser was in sight of the broad antarctic plains. But its troubles were not yet over.

Dr. Thomas Charles Poulter, its designer and driver, was easing the monster down a wooden ramp to the ice. Suddenly the heavy planks crackled, splintered, flew in...

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