Science: Sam Got Down

The first man shot into space must have a good chance of getting down alive One necessary precaution is some way saving him in case the launching rocket misbehaves soon after leaving the ground. Project Mercury, the National Aeronatics and Space Administration's man space program, plans to accomplish by a rocket-pushed escape device, signed to blast man and capsule free. I week NASA tested this mechanism.

From the NASA base at Wallops Island, Va., a Little Joe rocket (a cluster of eight solid-fuel rockets) took off with a full-scale astronaut capsule perched on nose. No man was inside it, only a...

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