Science: Birds of Mars

Behind a black wall of secrecy, the U.S. is climbing slowly toward a new level of warfare. In every U.S. aircraft factory, every technical institute and every electronics laboratory, the military phrase of the day is "guided missiles." What are these missiles? What is the source of their power? What can they do? Herewith a report on the newest weapons of war by TIME'S Science editor, Jonathan Norton Leonard:

THE desert Tularosa Basin in southern New Mexico is a valley without a river. Fierce winds sweep across it, and dust devils whirl in the sun....

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