Science: Capsule to Earth

"For an hour and a half," said a high Pentagon scientist last week, "the man in the satellite isn't going to know whether the re-entry system really works. That's why we need a test-pilot type—daredevil but stoic." The first stoic satellite daredevil has not yet been picked, but last week the National Aeronautics and Space Administration signed a contract (see BUSINESS) for the hollow, upholstered meteorite in which he will ride.

The U.S. program to put a man in orbit and bring him back alive, called Project Mercury, is distinct from the tests scheduled...

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