Science: Slow Death

When the radio beeps of Sputnik I died away in late October, most of the world's Sputnik watchers, official and unofficial, lost track of it. But not Engineer-Astronomer John Daniel Kraus, professor of electrical engineering at Ohio State University, who worked out a clever system of his own for watching beepless Sputniks. Last week Professor Kraus asserted that he had observed the disintegration and presumptive death of Sputnik I.

As a free Sputnik detector, Dr. Kraus, 47, uses the 20-megacycle radio time signal sent out 24 hours a day by the National Bureau of Standards' station WWV near Washington, D.C....

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