space probe n.
an unmanned spacecraft used esp. for research or reconnaissance
That means dismantling the space-probe and comparator, boss. Not enough spare checkerboards to scan three hundred and sixty degrees with a decent vertical coverage.
Action on Azura in Planet Stories Fall 87/1
We have all the respect in the world for the eminent Dr. James A. Van Allen, the man who was in charge of America’s space probe and satellite experiments that revealed the existence of the belts of intense radiation that surround the earth.
Editorial in Fantastic Dec. 5
Out beyond Pluto the Russian space-probe was met by aliens.
Wrong End of Time in Amazing Stories Jan. 28/1
1990 Interzone (#37) July 63/1
It begins with a prologue in which hazily visualized aliens send out a space probe which turns rogue and destroys life rather than surveying it.
An ICBM needs to be launched quickly, and so needs a storable propellant. A space probe or manned flight, not so much. So, we were secretly working on what we really wanted to work on?
Boarder in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Mar. 19
R. Osborne, in Planet Stories
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