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Scientists At 'U' Catch, Measure Tiny Bit Of Air

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29
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July
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1958
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Scientists At ‘IT Catch, Measure Ti<br><br>Scientists at the University h&se come pretty close to catching nothing in a bottle and measuring it.<br><br>They did it by launching rocket-propelled bottles in the upper atmosphere in an investigation of space for the U. S. Army Signal Corps. The bottles didn’t orbit.<br><br>In space they opened and quickly shut. Then they returned to earth full—or empty —of substances collected 60 miles up.<br><br>The scientists, headed by Research Engineer Leslie M. Jones, found their yield to be very little—almost nothing.<br><br>When a bottle full of upper atmosphere was recovered at sea level, its contents amounted to a one-hundredth part of a half-inch cube of air, Jones said. He explained the heavier pressure at sea level compressed the catch practically^ to nothingness.<br><br>Jones said neon and helium bases were found in minute amounts in the upper atmosphere.<br><br>He made a report on his work this week in Moscow as a member of the U. S. National Committee of the International Geophysical Year.