Now Tom feared that the explosion might have reburied the nose cone.
In ten seconds the nose cone turned from cherry-red to white heat and began sloughing its outer ceramic coating.
To a radar set on the ground near the target, each fragment was indistinguishable from the nose cone carrying the warhead.
There was no doubt he had uncovered the nose cone of the missile which had re-entered the earth's atmosphere tailfirst!
As they mounted the crane again Rick looked up at the festooned cables that terminated in the nose cone.
Cobb took a tiny screwdriver and removed two screws from a metal plate in the bottom of the nose cone.