By G. Harry Stine Vikng-Aerobee Operations Engineer White Sands Proving Ground SOONER or later the question arises: what are we going to do when we finally get our rockets into outer space? Among the people who have answers ready are the astronomers. If you have ever built any of the telescopes featured in this magazine and then used them to look at the moon and the planets, you realize why. Through an earthbound telescope, the images swim, ripple and blur. No matter how good an observing spot you have chosen, you are always peering out through the Earth's murky, turbulent atmosphere which distorts what you see and which also distorts the things scientific instruments such as the spectroscope see.
"Out of the sky drops a tiny black speck, there is a blinding white flash, the city lies in ruin..." By Robert G. Beason Statement for MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED by General Curtis E. LeMay "For ten years the Strategic Air Command has stood ready as a most powerful deterrent to any aggressor threatening world peace. With with long range bombers and nuclear firepower SAC could carry to an enemy's heartland the greatest destructive power the world has ever known. "SAC., often called the world's best insurance policy for peace, is the long range offensive arm of the USAF.
Be on your guard, for certain days, hours and months are more perilous than others. By Lester David SCIENTIFIC investigations are disclosing some astonishing information about your most dangerous—and safest—times. Studies by sociologists, public health experts, accident statisticians and other authorities are revealing that certain days, hours, months and seasons are more perilous than others. One of the strange discoveries is that crimes against the person—murders and assorted kinds of aggravated assault— explode with greater frequency at almost specific times during the day, week or year.
The welcome mat is out for young engineers. Here are ways you can cash in on the critical shortage. By Harry Kursh BY this time everybody who reads is aware of the critical shortage of technicians, engineers and scientists that exists in America today. Large corporations, government agencies and research laboratories are engaged in a frantic search for young men with technical education or training. Fabulous inducements are being offered—with such incredible "fringe benefits" as new homes, pension plans, prepaid insurance, free medical care, etc.
WHEELCHAIR CAR HAROLD YOUNG of Downey, Calif., has a car designed expressly for wheelchair users. The driver gets in and out without help. Controls, including a push-stop, pull-go lever, are designed for the handicapped. The three-wheeler has directional signals as well as standard lights. Transmission uses a Togaloc clutch, chain drive to jackshaft, V-belt drive [...]
INVENTIONS WANTED! PNEUMATIC PADS lor football players, to provide greater protection with less weight. lames Carrol, Alexandria. Va. RAKE ON WHEELS, easier to handle, might tempt younger members into policing up the grounds. Bing Lee, Salinas, Calif. LUMINOUS TARGETS and arrows lor Robin Hoods who like to speed a shaft or two at night. Bill [...]
The Hoosier Boy's harmonica was born in ancient China. SOONER or later every boy falls under the spell of a shiny new harmonica and a "new easy method" of learning to play it. Years ago it happened to an Indiana boy named Shriner. Now a new generation of boys is yearn- ing for a Herb Shriner Hoosier Boy DeLuxe ($2.49) or for a Herb Shriner Regular ($1.98). Both come with Herb Shriner's new easy method outlined in cartoon form.
SWAMP WAGON'S nine-ft. tall rear wheels have hickory treads steel-clamped to 28 in. rims weighing 700 lbs. Vehicle is designed to clamber over Florida's soft muck bogs. TOTCYCLIST Brad Bradley drives cut-down 125 cc Harley Davidson like a pro. Five-year-old was taught to ride 50-mph machine by his Dad. Brad began career at 18 months. MANY-LENSED Italian Summa camera has revolving turret housing regular lens, wide angle lens and two for direct sighting. It also has hand grips and flash attachments. NO FANCY PANTS, Solly Davis holds Geiger counter inside Goodyear's new one-piece vinyl film anti-radiation suit Inflated by compressed air, suit is air-conditioned.
COMING: Rooftop Airports Runway-less air terminals, VTOL’s will greet air travelers of 1965. STRANGE-looking craft that take off and land on rooftop airports, operate via automatic flight instruments and controlled by electronic traffic cops are some of the things in store for the air traveler of 1965. Dream stuff? Not according to Civil Aeronautics Administration [...]
Horseless Carriage Cavalcade THE CARS shown here, all on public display at the Carriage Cavalcade at Florida’s Silver Springs, go a long way toward explaining how antique car bugs get that way. For example, the 1903 Crestmobile was loaded with features that are now regarded as pretty modern: steering column shift, automatic clutch, an engine [...]
It takes more than hair on your chin—you need a thick skin. But this man thinks it's worth it. By J. Robert Connor THE male beard, lying fallow for the past 60 years, is emerging once again in all its hairy glory. Despite the prejudice that exists against the jungled jowl there is today a definite trend away from the razor. The man with the fluff beneath his chin is becoming more and more conspicuous on the city streets. Newspaper and magazine ads abound with facial foliage and the tufted chin of the serious conductor and the jazz musician attests to the growing revival of the beaver.