DEFENSE: The Race to Come

The dim streak across outer space exploded on man's consciousness in a pro fusion of meanings. To the three young University of Alaska scientists who be came the first Americans to see it, the Soviet satellite appeared "like a star and brighter than Jupiter." To Washington's Democratic Senator Henry Jackson, it was a partisan reason for proclaiming "a week of shame and danger." To Missouri's Democratic Senator Stuart Symington, it meant a frenzied call for a special session of Congress. To retired Defense Secretary Charles Wilson, it was merely "a nice technical trick." To hundreds of U.S. scientists, it...

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