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As work progressed, Chow happily twirled his lariat and practiced tossing a loop around a knob on the station's hull. At first he found it difficult to control his toss while encumbered by his bulky space suit. The lack of gravity also made him misjudge his first throws. But soon the old cowpoke was lassoing the target with expert skill. " Bud applauded. " 90 SPACE SOLARTRON "Why sure, Buddy boy," said Chow. He chuckled with satisfaction at this chance to get back at the young copilot. Red-faced, Bud failed again and again to rope the knob.
Smart thinking, Bud. " Some months before, the Swifts had received their first message from the space people. It had been etched on a black meteorlike missile which 104 SPACE SOLARTRON had plunged to earth at Enterprises. Tom and his father had been successful in translating the queer mathematical symbols on the missile. Later, they had "talked" to the senders in code, using a powerful transmitter. Incoming signals were picked up on a new type of oscilloscope which Tom had invented. Arv now took over the ship's controls while the two boys hurried down to the radio compartment.
Even if his father had had no chance to signal by radio at the time he left, Tom thought, surely he would have sent news by now, if he were with friendly beings. On the third day after the disappearance, Tom was trying to eat some breakfast, although he had no appetite, when a radioman came rushing into the mess compartment. " he shouted, waving a sheet of paper. " Tom sprang from the bench, amid a babble of excitement. "Word from where, Steve? " 108 SPACE SOLARTRON "I don't know who sent the message," the radioman replied.
China, Space Weapons, and U.S. Security (Csr) by Bruce W. Macdonald