Look! Up in the Sky! At Last!

After three failures, Pershing II is on target

It seemed, as Samuel Johnson once remarked about second marriages, "the triumph of hope over experience." Exuberant cheers and shouts of "Go, baby, go!" echoed across the base at White Sands, N. Mex., as the sleek dark-green Pershing II missile shot up, up and away last Friday in its first successful test firing. "I can tell you there was a sigh of relief back here," said Winant Sidle, a spokesman for manufacturer Martin Marietta. David Harris of the Army Missile Command, who had watched three previous tests go awry, wept as...

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