Communications: Like the Red Queen

A new kind of communications satellite, Syncom II, built by Hughes Aircraft Co. for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, soared up into space last week from Cape Canaveral. Instead of going into orbit not far above the earth, like famed Telstar I, it kept on climbing and climbing. When it touched an altitude of some 22,500 miles, a small rocket fired and pushed it into an almost circular orbit.

Three for the Globe. Like the Red Queen in Through the Looking Glass, the orbiting Syncom II keeps moving but gets nowhere. At its extreme height Syncom takes 24 hours to...

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