National Geographic : 1963 Jan
made annual reports on meteorological phe nomena. Our fourth expedition, to Norfolk, Virginia, in 1900, studied a solar eclipse. Earth's mother star, the sun, without which life could not exist, has been investigated by many expeditions. In 1936, two teams of sci entists journeyed to Asiatic Russia to observe a blackout of the sun's face. The following year, in cooperation with the U. S. Navy, the Society sent scientists to Canton Island in Stuck in the Hatch! Balloonists Struggle to Escape a Doomed Gondola When Explorer I's bag disintegrated (pages 22-23), the gondola dropped like a stone. Capt. Albert W. Stevens tried to climb out, but wind pressure held him half in, half out. Maj. William E. Kepner shoved him clear with his foot, then jumped. Their chutes popped open a few hundred feet above ground. Capt. Orvil A. Anderson parachut ed first (upper right).