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'If any of them go up, going back a few feet isn't going to help!'


The aftermath: 'The ground was converted into glass'
Jeremy Bernstein Scientist
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We went back and we got a little sleep, and then there were some helicopters, and I said, 'God, they’re flying.' And Carson said, 'Yes, they’re flying and flying,' but didn’t give any explanation for that, either.

Then we got up, and then Carson gave us a tour of the Mercury thing and where there had been tests, the ground was sort of converted to glass. It looked like the surface of the moon, with this glass.

Born in 1929, Jeremy Bernstein is an American physicist, educator and writer known for the clarity of his writing for the lay reader on the major issues of modern physics. After graduating from Harvard University, Bernstein worked at Harvard and at the Institute of Advanced Studies at Princeton. In 1962 he became an Associate Professor of Physics at New York University, and later a Professor of Physics at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, a position he continues to hold. He was also on the staff of The New Yorker magazine.

Listeners: Christopher Sykes

Christopher Sykes is an independent documentary producer who has made a number of films about science and scientists for BBC TV, Channel Four, and PBS.

Tags: Camp Mercury, Operation Plumbbob, J Carson Mark

Duration: 36 seconds

Date story recorded: 15th June 2011

Date story went live: 07 September 2011