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1 Author(s)
Kaplan, J. ; Chairman, U. S. National Committee for the International Geophysical Year, Natl. Acad. of Sciences, Washington, D.C.

This paper presents very briefly the nature and origin of the International Geophysical Year, and in more detail two areas of special interest: rocket studies of the upper atmosphere, and satellite studies. It brings out the scientific basis for the satellite program and the development of U. S. interest in launching a satellite for scientific observations. The present status of the program is commented on briefly.

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Proceedings of the IRE  (Volume:44 ,  Issue: 6 )