Science: Kiwi's Flightless Flight

At Jackass Flat, Nev., the AEC carried out, and later announced in deadpan fashion, the first full-power ground test of the Kiwi-A nuclear rocket engine—an event most newspapers ignored. Developed at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory by a team headed by Dr. Raemer E. Schreiber, the engine worked perfectly. All details (thrust, temperature, etc.) were secret, but Senator Clinton P. Anderson is officially entitled to hear them as chairman of the Joint Committee on Atomic Energy. Wired Anderson to Dr. Norris E. Bradbury, director of Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory: CONGRATULATIONS. THIS

IS TRULY...

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!