Cinema: Rowboatof the Infinite

X-15 (Essex; United Artists). Man stands at the edge of space like a child at the edge of the sea, skipping sophisticated, multimillion-dollar pebbles that sink out of sight. What man needs is a ship that he can sail on the new ocean and bring safely back to port. Four years ago, he produced the first crude model of such a ship, a rowboat of the infinite called the Xis.

In a 1961 test flight over Southern California, this soft, flying needle, whose rockets at full throttle develop more than three times the power...

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