The Atlas‐Able rocket which exploded shortly after being launched at Cape Canaveral on the 15th of last month was intended to place a compact space station into a circumlunar orbit. The following discussion of the proposed scientific program, a project of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, was prepared by five members of the staff of Space Technology Laboratories of Los Angeles, the organization which was charged with over‐all systems responsibility, including the development of the payload. Space Technology also designed some, although not all, of the experiments to be conducted.
The following report, prepared for the Office for Scientific and Technical Personnel of the Organization for European Economic Cooperation, was presented at the International Conference on Physics Education, which was held last summer in Paris and is described in the preceding article by J. W. Buchta. As part of its program, this Office of the OEEC is conducting several studies of secondary‐school science education with the aim of bringing the science curricula into line with modern developments in the scientific disciplines. The present document, which is an abbreviated version of a report produced as part of the preparatory work now being undertaken in physics, was prepared by a working group having the following members: Norman Clarke (Great Britain), A. Michels (Holland), M. A. Renaud (Switzerland), D. Sette (Italy), S. Sikjaer (Denmark), J. Topping (Great Britain), and L. Weil (France). The original report was carried over the signature of Dr. Clarke in his role as chairman of the group.