THE NATION: A Time of Danger

Somewhere out of the desolate steppes of the Soviet Union a giant rocket roared off into space last week, putting the second Soviet satellite, which carried an experimental dog named Little Curly, into orbit more than 1,000 miles above earth. Sputnik II weighed 1,120.8 Ibs., six times the weight of Sputnik I, heavier than many types of nuclear warheads. The Soviet rocket generated a total thrust more than enough to power an atomic bomb to the moon (see SCIENCE), more than enough to power a missile around the earth. "The unfathomed natural...

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