When about fifty miles from the surface they felt the expected
check, and concluded they had reached the upper limits of the
atmosphere. And this increased, notwithstanding the decrease in
their speed, showing how quickly the air became dense.
When about a mile from the earth they had the Callisto well in
hand, and allowed it to descend slowly. The ground was already
black with people, who, having learned where the Callisto was to
touch, had hastened to Van Cortlandt Park.