National Geographic : 1964 Feb
HS EKTACHROMEBY LARRYRIORDAN © N.G.S. Intricate beadwork brightens sealskin costumes of Miss Lynda Bird Johnson (sec ond from left) and serenading Greenland ers at Copenhagen's Royal Hotel. Billed as the Mik Eskimo Dancers, the group from Denmark's island province entertains while attending Danish schools. Taller than most Eskimo girls, Miss Johnson had to squeeze into her costume, a gift from the Greenland Affairs Minister. Lights by the thousands blossom at Tivoli, 120-year-old amusement park in the center of Copenhagen. Pagoda and minarets of two restaurants, the Chinese Tower and the Nimb, flank the high-col umned Concert Hall. Mr. Johnson enjoyed this view from a window of his suite in the Royal Hotel. scientists call a "polar cap absorption event." To them this meant that our ionosphere was absorbing radio waves rather than reflecting them back to earth. Our jointly launched rocket from Andy had soared through a shower of energy particles--prob ably protons-from the sun. Instruments had meas ured and sampled this rainstorm of energy. When all the information has been sifted, this basic re search may help us solve many problems-ranging from improving the picture on your television screen to ensuring the safety of future astronauts. The Norwegians had worked with the United States on seven previous launchings, the Danes on three of them. The Swedes had joined us in six such shots. Since Sweden, Norway, and Denmark had agreed to build and maintain a great antenna near Gote borg, Scandinavian scientists could keep a sharp eye and ear tuned to our communications satellites. It came as no surprise that while I was in Oslo the Norwegian Foreign Minister signed this agreement for his country. And a few days later in Copenhagen, a similar formality brought our four-power agree ment into effect. Today, near Goteborg, construction is well along on the 84-foot antenna; the dish will be sweeping the skies this spring. The Norwegian dramatist Henrik Ibsen once wrote, "I hold that man is in the right who is most closely in league with the future." That agreement brings all of us one more step along the path. Denmark Spreads Flat and Low The flight from Oslo to Copenhagen took only an hour, but the geography changed sharply. Steep Norwegian fjords fell away into the Skagerrak, and when Denmark emerged, we saw flat islands-hun dreds of them-checkered with farms. The highest 288 point in European Denmark is only 564 feet.