Science: Strategic Eclipse

Solar eclipses were once innocent festivals of science, observed for the blameless information that could be extracted from them. That age has passed. Last week the Air Force Cambridge Research Center told how the eclipse of next June 30 will be organized as elaborately as a major bombing raid.

The actual observing will be done by civilian scientists, U.S. and foreign, coordinated by the American Geographical Society, but the Air Force will finance the costly campaign. It will airlift the scientists to inaccessible sites and supply them with intricate gear and radio time signals. In return, the Air Force hopes to get...

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