SPACE: Away from the World & Back

Forty miles north of Antigua, it was 3:50 a.m.. May 28, 1959. From the bridge and foredeck of the stubby U.S. Navy fleet tug Kiowa, about 25 officers and crewmen gazed at the tropical sky in awe and anxiety. What they saw was a momentous event in the history of man's determination to conquer space.

Lieut. Joseph E. Guion, skipper of Kiowa, and Lieut, (j.g.) Raymond E. Foy, a Navy frogman, described the sight. Said Guion: "It looked like an extremely large shooting star, very white and blinking. It was a little sun falling down." Said Foy: "The light was...

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