By William Roy Shelton

Certain historical past of the yank house application to 1967. 367 pages. Hardcover. Little, Brown and corporate.

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Ringed press re- Severe penalties — THE ON THE PAD who existed for those MIGHTY ATLAS | 2^ even discussed generally our rocket programs. We knew only that our first ICBA4 was being built by the astronautics division of Convair in a huge plant in San Diego, California, and that ^Yt thousand miles. and Thor, was a after being of In its flight. was supposed to it fly over We knew that the Atlas, like Jupiter ballistics missile guided to based equipment, it — which a certain point in the coasted on its some respects the own first meant that sky by land- for the remainder or "aimed" portion of the flight was up the middle of an invisible electronic Then, barrel.

Licking flame at one end. Then this too exploded with a small white flash. now The crowd on the beach was stunned. And sound reached us in a vocal and ironic echo of the trag- edy. First we the heard the triumphant roar of ascent, then the muflled explosion of the ruptured propellants, and finally the sharp crack of the explosion when the range Major Moody, pressed the "destruct but- safety officer, ton" that ended Atlas the First forever. As pieces of shattered metal floated down onto the Cape and into the sea, the wind brought us still another echo of the disaster: the bittersweet acrid smell of the explosion, something akin to the smell of burned kerosene, crowd walked away Thus, after which, It as silently.

Companies IRBM were competing for the contract: Chrysler Corporation, which built the early Jupiters, and Douglas Aircraft Corporation, which built the Cape Canaveral Thors. Stockbrokers asked that results of test launches be flashed immediately over their teletypes. In those days Jupiter we was about seldom had a tip-off that a to go. Spotting a launch matter of luck. In the first five was Thor or strictly a launches, Jupiter pulled into the lead with three successes compared with one AMERICAN SPACE EXPLORATION l8 I success for the Air Force.

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