Science: Shivering Look at Venus

At 10:15 one morning last week, the long, lanky balloon rose slowly from a sheltered valley in the wooded hills outside Rapid City, S. Dak. Climbing slowly into the far blue sky, it gradually expanded to its full 172-ft. diameter. Huddled in the trim, 7-ft. pressurized spherical gondola that dangled beneath it like an afterthought were two scientists—Commander Malcolm Ross, 40, a balloonist from the Office of Naval Research, and Physicist-Engineer Charles B. Moore Jr., 39, a balloon expert who works for Arthur D. Little Inc. of Cambridge, Mass. Their object: to get mankind's first good look at Venus clear...

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