Science: Missiles Away

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This is the nightmare of the missilemen: It is 1962, and the U.S. is lagging in its development of war's newest weapon, the long-range guided missile. From Moscow to the apprehensive free world comes a terse radio announcement: for the next ten days, a 200-mile-square area in the landless South Pacific is a danger area; shipmasters and airplane pilots traverse it at their peril. The U.S. Navy and Air Force take tip surveillance of the area; radar tracking crews from Alaska to New Guinea stand by their gear. On one of these...

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