Science: Faithless Post

An unprecedented crisis hit the Pentagon last week. A post belonging to one Air Force command had just moved under its own power into territory assigned to another command. What to do? The Air Force paper-pushers had nothing in their files to guide them.

The post was an eight-man weather station on Fletcher's Island, a great mass of ice floating in the Arctic Ocean. It was discovered more than two years ago by the Alaskan Air Command, and colonized last March with assorted weathermen, scientists and communication experts. Then, moving eastward at 2½ miles a day, it floated into the jurisdiction of...

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