Science: Recovery at White Sands

When spacecraft are fired from Cape Canaveral, recovery of the segment that returns to earth often becomes a full-dress Navy spectacular. Destroyers, carriers, airplanes and helicopters scout hundreds of miles of ocean to pull an encapsuled astronaut out of the drink or save a set of valuable instruments. But such shows are so costly that they are attempted only when the cargo that comes back from space is especially important. Most of the Cape's missiles and satellites deliver all their information by radio and are abandoned when they hit.

At White Sands Missile Range, N. Mex., where swarms of smaller missiles are...

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