National Geographic : 1961 May
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ANNOUNCES World globe, first of by the National Geo graphic Society, emb ies new concepts in r resenting the round e (opposite). A precisio: strument, it provides genious measuring to previously available professional cartogra Users can plot course giant rockets such as (above), solve geogra problems, measure di tances, and track sat such as Tiros I, whic tographed the Gulf o Oman and more dist Persian Gulf (below). 698 A Globe for the Space Age By MELVILLE BELL GROSVENOR President and Editor ONE DAY SOON-perhaps sooner than you ex pect - a giant rocket, trailing fire and bearing human hopes, will hurl the first astronaut into orbit. Tense, exciting hours will follow. Scientists will measure the journey in thrust and miles, humanity in heartbeats. And thousands of members of the National Geographic Society will plot the space explorer's path on a remarkably simple and versatile device: the first world globe designed and offered by your Society. This precision instrument of geography has been fered months in the making. Last year, trying to trace the route of a staff man on assignment to Antarctica, I found that od- the rigid axis of the $250 globe in my office got in my ep- way. Antarctica could be seen clearly only by upending arth both globe and stand. I called in Chief Cartographer nin n in- James M. Darley, his assistant Ralph E. McAleer, and ols our cartographic engineer, Wellman Chamberlin. only to "This globe was fine for yesterday's world," I told phers. them, "but it won't do for the Space Age. You use a free :s of standing globe with some ingenious attachments for Atlas making our Geographic maps. I need one like it-and phic I'm sure our members would want one too." s- The result (right) is unlike any other globe now avail ellites able to the public. One geographer has accurately called h pho- it "the globe with a thinking cap." ant A convenient 12 inches in diameter, the ten-color globe is drawn to a scale only slightly smaller than that of the Society's 42-by-29-inch wall map of the world. It comes complete with a "Geometer"-a transparent cap with a multitude of uses - and other unique measuring tools designed by our cartographers. A booklet contains simple, clear instructions for use of the globe and an index of 4,179 place names. Key numbers printed on the globe's face greatly increase its usefulness by locating place names quickly. Earthquakes tear at Chile, and the Red Cross rushes drugs and doctors. Your globe shows the swiftest routes of mercy planes and ships. The Navy announces a new 1,700-mile range for the Polaris; your Geometer shows what targets are within reach from any spot in any ocean. A Tiros satellite photographs a dramatic, curving coastline. Tilted to the proper angle, your globe affords the same vantage - plus the names of cities and seas in EKTACHROME(OPPOSITE) BY ROBERTOAKES, NATIONALGEOGRAPHICSTAFF, ON BACKGROUNDBY PALOMAROBSERVATORY© N.G.S.