THE NATION: Space on Earth

The successful shot of the Explorer satellite got the U.S. into space, but last week was the week that space got down to the U.S. In Congress, in the White House, at the Pentagon, in politics, diplomacy and planning, space lost its otherworldly quality, was folded into the everyday processes of government.

President Eisenhower demonstrated his own matter-of-factness with an edict at his 126th press conference: "All of the outer space work done within the Defense Department will be under Secretary McElroy himself." McElroy put his thumbprint on an advancing age by...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!