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During the AMERICAN SPACE EXPLORATION ^2 I long nights newsmen huddled around the fires, sandwiches, drinking beer and coffee. Sometimes eating we sang songs but our eyes never wandered far from the candy- Vanguard gantry which glowed like a jeweled mouth of the harbor. In one night Lieutenant Colonel Sid Spear and Major Ken Grine between them had over a hundred telephone calls from the press, TV and radio reporters. S. MOON NOW READY; SATELLITE LAUNCH POSTPONED AGAIN. Thc information policy, forlic.
Lox venting began, then abruptly stopped. After a forty- five-minute delay due to faulty telemetry equipment, the THE MIGHTY ATLAS ON THE PAD | count resumed as a series of rain squalls swept in from the Throughout the northeast. forty-five-minute hold, 55 rain, which caused another men who forty the actually launched Atlas remained buttoned up in the massive blockhouse 750 feet from the pad. The reinforced con- crete walls of the blockhouse averaged eight feet in thick- ness and, together with a ten-foot layer of sand were designed to withstand thousand pounds of major TNT a blast equivalent to fifty exploded missile except Atlas at blown up on the pad.
In States 1957, out of eight Thors fired, ^\t were successful. In 1958, out of twenty Thors or Thor- Abies fired, ten were 100 per cent successful; ^\t were more than 50 per cent and one successful; four less than 50 per cent; We a failure. had started serious rocketry some four years later how bad the explosions we were making progress than the Russians, and no matter above Cape Canaveral looked, would be of a sort that missile programs to follow. The pace with tic beneficially reflected in its Army reliable short-range had all our set the ballis- Redstone rocket, which from the beginning roared up from the Cape with punctual dependabihty.