Science: The Missile Week

With the Explorer VI paddle-wheel satellite wheeling triumphantly overhead, U.S. rocket pads had their busiest week yet. Unhappily, results were mixed.

¶The Air Force fired an Atlas ICBM 5,000 miles down the Atlantic range from Cape Canaveral. The third successful Atlas shot in four weeks, the missile achieved "most of its objectives," helped offset the string of five failures that had put the nation's primary ICBM weeks behind schedule. Now, Air Force men say they hope to make the bird operational next month.

¶Also at Canaveral, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration tried to...

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