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   Pasadena Independent Star News (Newspaper) - February 2, 1958, Pasadena, California                             TODAY; RAIN NO SMOG (Full Weather Report on Page 4) PRICE 15 CENTS 128 PAGES, 6 SECTIONS PLUS TWO MAGAZINES -PASADENA- SUNDAY, FEB. 2, 1958 -CALIFORNIA- TV GUIDE Former President Harry S. Truman Is Interviewed today by newsman Ed Mor- row on CBS-TV's "See It Now" on channel 2 at 5 p.m- See tion, pages 1-8 in today's Independent, Star-News. CLASSIRED SY 6-0311: OTHER CALLS SY RY 1-8188, ZE 48 DIE IN LA. AIR COLLISION Bigger Satellite to Be Launched DATE SET, BUT KEPT TOP SECRET First Satellite Sends Priceless Data to Earth WASHINGTON. (fP) America's first earth satel- lite is radioing priceless data back to earth as it whirls through space in a long-lease orbit that may keep it aloft for 10 years. The solid success of the baby moon was established within hours after the long tube- shaped instrument carrier was catapulted high into the skies over Cape Canaveral, Fla., Fri- day night and given a mighty shove around the world by an Army Jupiter-C rocket. At Cape Canaveral, Maj. Gen. John B. Medaris, chief of the Army Ballistic Missile Agency at Huntsville, Ala., yesterday told reporters the Army has been ordered to launch one more satellite "at the present time." NEW DATA SECRET Medaris said the date has been set but will be kept se cret. Observers, aware of Army activity at the test center here, say that at least one more bigger Jupiter-C launch- ing vehicle is on hand for use when a launch order is given The proposal for another launching was disclosed at a news conference conducted by the builders of the compara- tively small rockets that made up the second, third and fourth stages of the Jupiter-C that last night launched the first U.S. satellite. Also waiting: for the right time to be launched is the Navy's 73-foot three-stage Vanguard test vehicle with a 6.4-inch aluminum sphere In Its nose. The Explorer is traveling generally west to east around the globe's girth, in contrast to the north-south paths fol- lowed by the Russian Sput- niks, but is not likely to be ible to the naked eye. Scientists in Washington re ported to newsmen that radio transmissions from the Ex- plorer, as the Defense Depart- ment named the satellite, are being picked up by tracking BIGGER: Turn to Fage4 'The Challenge of Sputnik', U.S. in Possession of Vast, Diverse Missiles Technology Russ Succeed With Satellites, But Military Balance Unchanged By LEE A. DuBRIDGE President, California Institute of Technology (Editor's Note is the third of six install- ments o! an address by Dr. Lee A. DuBridrjc, president of Caltcch, in which he discusses the impact of the space age on American life and thought.) Why does Sputnik give us so much grave con- cern? The main reason, of course, is that a rocket and guidance system good enough to put a satellite into an- orbit is certainly good enough to shoot a hydrogen bomb from Russia to the United States. The guidance accuracy might be only 50 miles. Of course, a hit any place within .50 miles of New. York or Los Angeles would be pretty bad, though such accuracy is not good enough to destroy an airbase. The accuracy will eventually be improved, however. So the Russians ore clearly very good rocket engineers. This is the main thing that Sputnik proves. They have put great effort on large rockets, and Iliey are willing to use some of their military rockets for scientific experiments of great propaganda value. That is-something we were not willing to do. Granted they are good rocket engineers, what kind of military rockets do they have? Are they any better than ours? Are they in production, or still in the experi- mental stage? Will they have 100 next year, or in 5 years? In any case, how big a threat to us is one rocket? 10? 100? When will we have a long-range rocket? When will we have 100? Or 500? RUSSIANS FAIL TO INFORM US I These, of course, are all unanswerable and hence they are the ones that everyone speculates about. (It's no fun speculating about a question that can be Unfortunately, the Russians have not in- formed us precisely just what type of military rockets they have, when they will have them, or how many. They have made a few proud only the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency knows how accurate those boasts are. And C.I.A. is not telling what it knows. By the same token, in spile of all the press releases, the VS. Defense Department lias not told the full story of our rocket technology either. The President did not say that we have over 30 types of guided missiles in development, anii many of them in pro- duction. Sputnik alone, does not reveal the full mili- tary strength of either country. It has revealed sim- ply that the Russians are better rocket engineers Turn to Page 2 Wirephoto BURNING PLANE WRECKAGE substation in Norwalk, after colliding .with a Navy fighter plane shortly after 7 o'clock last night. Women Learning Mechanics? See Scene Magazine Pasadena area women are raking' advantage, of a new kind of night school course at Pasadena City College. It's' the only automotive course offered In the area where the students never get their hands greasy. You'll find this humorous article in today's Scene Magazine. You'll find other features there today, too. Make Scene Magazine your Sunday read- Ing habit. ica's first earth satellite was greeted yesterday with pleasure and a sigh of relief in Western Europe. Some hoped it meant talks between the East and West would be brought nearer. The Soviet people were told West Europe Pleased With U.S. Satellite FIREMEN BATTLE FLAMES OF Fir.emen, assisted by boy volunteers, pour water on the burning wreckage .of a huge military transport-which crashed in flames into the parking lot of the sheriff's Reporter on Job When Planes Crash Long. Beach Press-Telegram reporter Ed Kenyon was sit ting in the Norwalk sheriffs station checking .on a storj when tonight's air disaster curred. He said he heardi a "loud 30om" that shook the build ing. "It mini have been a jet another reporter re marked to Kenyon. "I started to say it was too oud for a jet when there was deafening re- called reporter Kenyon. LIKE -BOMB' "Then there was an earth- shaking rumble as the plane struck. The light of the fire illuminated the entire inside of the substation. "We jumped up and dashed down the hallway. I thought, 'My God, it must be a bomb." "As we stepped outside the heat was intense. Flames flashed up from the parking lat. The plane had hit about nO feet from the back of the building on trie lot where over. 100. sheriff's and pri- vate cars were parkid. "It seems like a newsmen's nightmare. Striking Pasadena City Lines bus drivers have offered to "As I looked at the scene ofireturn to work if the company will submit the dispute to an horror. I sTiouted. "My board for decision. wagons out j Floyd Fiigit, bus driver and; "If management of two com-i "I shouted to a fireman.'labor representative for theipanies will agree to arbitrate: TWO PLANES FALL OVER NORWALK Scores Periled by Debris; Fire Damage Heavy By Wire ServlcM LOS ANGELES. A four- ngined military, transport with 1 persons aboard and a multi- ngine Neptune bomber which toramlly carries a crew of ine collided last night low n the sky "in a flaming ex- ilosion" and crashed into a leavily populated area. A house in the crash area vas was set afire and police vere searching lor its two el- derly residents. The Los Angeles sheriffs >flice said that all aboard the ransport'were believed killed. At least two persons aboard he twin-engine. P2V 'Navy Neptune bomber were known o have survived, the sheriff's office said. IN NAVY PLANE At least eight crewmen were aboard the twin-engine Navy )omber, according' to its home Los Alamitos Naval Air Station. The big transport 1 WIrcphoto TRANSPORT'S WING SCUTTLES SERVICE STATION A wing from a military transport plans that crashed in Nbrwalk, Calif., last night, wrecked this gasoline service station across the street from the sheriff's substation. The wing Hurtled across a busy street and hit the station. Bus Drivers Seeking Arbitrary Settlement Attendant Narrowly Misses Death LONDON. W) The successful launching of Amer-iman shouted. Without think-jLines tration decision, said decision I handed them over to a since drivers walked off the "One must congratulate! man who raced for the car. "Then I thought of the cam- era and dashed for the equip- ment and I pulled it out. It! job last Dec. 2. SUBMITTED Fugit said the arbitration of- NOT POLICY Markham replied, according to Fugit: them on the first success! IKenmed only moments before] account without comment and! later in a congratulatory "yes type commentary. A top Russian scientist. Dr. A. A. Blagonravov, gave the commentary in a Moscow home service broadcast. He said the U. S. achievement was a good job. but not quite up to Soviet performances. Blagonravov said the rocket carrier used by the Americans "is apparently considerably less powerful than our rockcl" and that "this small satellite cannot be as well equipped as our second satellite." TODAY'S FEATURES Auld Lang City News ............Al-6 Classified ............Bl-10 Editorial.................6 Finance...............A4-5 Footlights ..............A3 Home Garden......Scene Kids .................Scene Radio ...............Scene Real Estate ............8-9 Show Time .............A3 Society ...............Dl-8 Sports ................Cl-5 Stargazer ................7 Theater ................A3 Television ...........Scene Valley News............A2 Vital Statistics..........A6 Weather ................Afi Youth Birthday ..........7 tist added. I W. Germans Greet News With Relief BONN. West Germany's pro- American forces yesterday greeted launching of explorer satellite with sigh of relief. Vice Chancellor Ludwig Er- hard, who is acting head of the Bonn Government during Chancellor Konrad Adenauer's current vacation on the French Riviera, congratulated the United States and added: "The free world can look forward to develop- ments with great confidence." 'Better Answer Than Baghdad Pact' JERUSALEM, Israeli Sector. Keep excitement caused here by crowd ion. formed about! fer was submitted through: "It has never been the policv (filial "Enotw was worklnc In his Cas station wtu-ii an air coMlsIm rained a hall of aircraft parts In Jjl station. In tup folk.wlnc dispatch lie dcscribrd what hr By RUAL ENOLW As Told to United Press NORWALK, Cal. (IP) I was j operating my gas station a p.m. last night, when heard the loud explosion anc when I looked up, I saw th flames and fire from the crash ing planes. I saw a section of the plan coming right down on the sta tion and tried to run out of it: COLLISION SEEK BY HUNDREDS HERE Sheriff's deputies in Alta- dena said residents of that area reported hearing an ex- .plosion reverberating through the-foothills about the time of the crash. Two Glendora men, search- Ing for their sons who had gone on a hiking trip, said the explosion visible from that community's foot- hill region. Numerous readers called The Independent, Star-News to report seeing- the crash. was carrying 35 passengers and a crew of 6, bound for McGuire Airforce Base, N.J., ihe Military Air Transport Service Squadron headquarters at Long Beach reported. First reports from the scene said many residents escaped with their lives by tlie narrowest of margins. The crash scene resembled a battlefield. Charred bodies were spra.yed over a square mile area. One pararhutp shrouded body crashed through the skylight of a near empty bar, narrowly missing-several patronsi All sheriff's deputies and lo- cal squadrons of the California disaster office were thrown into the area to control the hundreds of curious, who ham- pered the search and recovery of the bodies. The big fusilage of the huge transport crashed into a va- cant lot near the heart of Nor- walk, while flaming chunks of wreckage were spewed over a square mile area. HITS OPEX AREA The bomber hit in open area some two miles northwest of Norwalk, near the little iFred Ferguson of the U.S.'of our company to put. the way. Instead I ran into a piec community of Santa Fe has been successful America's arti- Weather cloudiness with rain likely today and tomorrow. Minimum yesterday 53, maximum 74. Sun sets today p.m. Sun rises tomorrow at launching of ficial moon. According to one of the very few top government officials available on the Sahhalh, event Is a "much bettor answer to the Soviets' Mideast, mis- chief than Baghdad Pact." Dr. Pickering Flies Back to Pasadena The United States' space satellite Explorer, whisked into outer space by Pasadena-per- fected fuel rockets Friday night, is "quite satisfactorily close'' to the orbit originally planned for the satellite, ac- cording to Dr. William F. Pick- ering, director of Caltech's Jet Propulsion laboratory. Dr. Pickering, his face wreathed smiles as he stepped off a plane at Inter- national Airport last night, was accompanied by three ol her beaming Pasadena sci n lists who played vital roles in the launching of America's first satellite at Cape Canav- eral, Fin. They were: Mrs. Joan Stewart, computer; Dr. A. R. Hlbbs, chief of research analysis section, and Dr. li. J. Stewart, chief of the liquid propulsion section. road Trainment said, in part: "The, Brother hood will place both disputes in arbi- tration on basis of items re- maining in dispute as of (Jan. 30, 1058 and Conciliation handling of company finances that bounced off the main tail in the hands 
                            

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