Space: The Secret of Plesetsk

A short train ride from London, in Britain's dreary industrial Midlands, the town of Kettering was long distinguished solely for its output of inexpensive shoes, produced by the millions at local factories. Now the town has won new honors. Using makeshift equipment, a physics teacher and a group of bright high school boys at Kettering Grammar School have discovered the location of a new and previously unannounced rocket-launching site in Russia.

Kettering's senior physics master, Geoffrey Perry, began to suspect the existence of a new Russian launch site last March after his teen-age...

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