National Geographic : 1959 Feb
,A a >,aao Poised for Take-off, the Rocket Exhales a White Fog of Oxygen To Kuril fllel in the airless reaches of space, a rocket must carry its own oxve'en. Liquid oxygen at the unthinkable Coll of 297 dc-rees helow zero, Fahrenheit, tiows Iii from tank trucks several hours before hlast-Oft. .vs the oxv eil chills the natal hull, hoarfrost encases I9oi r'cr In a foretaste of the Cold of space. Excess cas e ca1)ns fr(In) rents in t he rocket. Opposite: The gantry's upper decks lift free of the rocket's nose shroud. ;on the entire scaffold will roll hack, lcarin<~ the rocket alone in the (elate of searc11li(,hts.