SPACE: Bad Missile Week

Missile scientists insist that they learn something from every big bird that gets off the launching pad. no matter how ignominious its end. But by any other name, an epidemic of missile failures at Cape Canaveral last week added up to one of the most disappointing weeks of U.S. missilery. Items:

Atlas. The Air Force's most advanced intercontinental ballistic projectile was scheduled to be operational in limited numbers by now, but five successive failures prompted Defense Secretary Neil McElroy to postpone the readiness date by at least 60 days (TIME, July 6). Before...

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