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Title: Test Rocket! Author: Jack Douglas Release Date: November 28, 2007 [EBook #23651] Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK TEST ROCKET! *** Produced by Greg Weeks, dpcfmander, and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team at http:--www.pgdp.net [Transcriber’s note: This etext was produced from _Amazing Science Fiction Stories_ April 1959.
Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.
copyright on this publication was renewed.] It’s amazing how much you can learn about absolute strangers if you just stop to think about the kind of an animal they’ll put in a ... TEST ROCKET! By JACK DOUGLAS [Illustration: Cover] Captain Baird stood at the window of the laboratory where the thousand parts of the strange rocket lay strewn in careful order. Small groups worked slowly over the dismantled parts.
The captain wanted to ask but something stopped him.
Behind him Doctor Johannsen sat at his desk, his gnarled old hand tight about a whiskey bottle, the bottle the doctor always had in his desk but never brought out except when he was alone, and waited for Captain Baird to ask his question.
Captain Baird turned at last. -They are our markings?- Captain Baird asked.
It was not the question.
Captain Baird knew the markings of the Rocket Testing Station as well as the doctor did. -Yes,- the doctor said, -they are our markings.
But not our paint.- Captain Baird turned back to the window.
Six months ago it had happened.
Ten minutes after launching, the giant test rocket had Sun Apr 02 16:38:20 2017 2 been only a speck on the observation screen.
Captain Baird ...

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