Space: A Star Is Born

In a pioneering scientific week that saw the first invasion of the fringes of space by thermonuclear power, the imagination of the civilized world was captured by an even more dramatic U.S. achievement: the lofting into the heavens of a bejeweled sphere crammed with man-made magic wands that turn blips and beeps into sights and sounds. With the launching of Telstar (mispronounced by most as Telestar), the U.S. raised the curtain on intercontinental television and opened a whole new epoch in the art of communications. Even more, by its immediate and...

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