By Richard S. Lewis

ISBN-10: 0670129690

ISBN-13: 9780670129690

The interior tale of America's area enterprise.

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In addition. Defense said it ized the negotiation of a contract with CJeneral Electric pany for a The first- had author- Com- first-stage rocket engine. fact that Vanguard, even though a Navy project, had 44 / APPOINTMENT ON THE MOON been conceived of favor with as a nonmilitary vehicle carried a American scientists, who good deal could argue that it of the IGY was a more appropriate symbol of the peaceful cooperation ^than the Army's Jupiter C. Behind that lofty sentiment, however lurked the specter of — spirit and prestige which speedily came to dominate the space adventure in Russia as well as America.

Its decision on the IGY satellite was to have a prosatellite found influence on the directions taken by American science, technology, and education over the next decade. Other members of the advisory group at the outset were Kaplan; Robert W. Buchheim and G. H. Clement of RAND; Charles C THE WORLD CIRCLING SPACESfflP / 41 Technology; Robert R. Richard W. Porter of the McMath, University of Michigan; General Electric Company, the only contractor executive on the committee; and J. Barkley Rosser of Cornell University.

They let nothing escape them that they could get their hands on, including vast stores of technological loot in the Mittelwerke plant at Nordhausen. The plant was in the Russian zone, but Toftoy's crew got there before Soviet troops took possession. From Mittelwerke storage depots. Operation Paperclip collected 100 nearly completed V-2s, machine tools specially designed for rocket production, plans, and manuals. These were loaded in 300 boxcars and hauled to Antwerp, where they were shipped to the United States.

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