National Geographic : 1956 Feb
fornia and Virginia. Others will be launched from ships at sea in numerous locations: be tween Canada and Greenland, in the Florida Bahamas area, and en route between the Equator and Arctic and Antarctic destinations. Rockoons, rockets released from balloons at the top of ascent, will play a part in the pro gram (page 287). While the Aerobee-Hi climbs to an altitude of about 175 miles, the Rockoon tops off at 60. Plane-borne rockets, called Rockairs, may also participate. Rocket-borne cameras and electronic instru ments will provide "eye-witness" reports of conditions on the threshold of space. By reaching the outer limits of atmospheric interference, rockets and artificial satellites promise man his clearest view yet of the won ders-and mysteries-of the sun and radiation in space.* * See "Our Universe Unfolds New Wonders," by Albert G. Wilson, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE, February, 1952.