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From: Tony Beresford (
Date: Sun Jan 16 2000 - 23:09:14 PST

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    At 10:54 17/01/00 , wrote:
    >I apologize for this off topic subject.
    >Recently I heard an interesting story that was a new one on me.  It has all 
    >the undertones of a "modern myth" but I wonder if you have heard it?
    >According to the story, the first human launched orbital object was not 
    >Sputnik but an iron slab capping a well housing an A-bomb on a Nevada test 
    >site.  The story goes on to say it was photographed ascending at a multiple 
    >of escape velocity at the time of a weapon's test back in the early 50's.
    A very heavy cap on an underground nuclear test shaft did indeed get blown off,
    but the interpretation of the velocity is suspect, and it would have
    considerable difficulty surviving a passage even vertically thru the atmosphere.
    Such stories get altered( "improved") every time they are retold.
     Survival to solar orbit seems unlikely , but makes a good story. There was some discussion
    on this list or another a year or two ago, which offered details from
    persons close to the original event,
    but it will take some effort to find it.
    Tony Beresford
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