Science: Operation Upward

Step by step, the Army was approaching the push-button millennium when giant military rockets will travel thousands of miles cargoed with wholesale death. Recently, at White Sands, N.M., a German V-2 roared up 104 miles, 20.5 miles higher than the previous record. In its nose it carried an armored capsule packed with instruments for observing pressures, temperatures and cosmic rays.

The rocket crashed to earth 69 miles from the launching platform, knocking a hole in New Mexico, but the instrument capsule landed undamaged. The data it contained, said rocket master Colonel Harold R....

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