Bull's-Eye in Space

" Ta bad night in the Kremlin," Edward Wilkinson announced as he hoisted a glass of champagne in mid-Pacific, 4,800 miles from California. Wilkinson, director of U.S. Army effort known as "Homing Overlay Experiment," had good reason to hope for some insomnia in Moscow: his project scored its first success last week. A special interceptor rocket fired from Meek Island in the Kwajalein archipelago had struck the dummy warhead of a Minuteman I intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that had been launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California some 30 earlier. Military analyst described the...

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