For some time I have theorised that the origins of the Project SWORD Probe Force 1 lie in the design of the Nike Hercules USAF missile.
If I needed any reminder of the military reality of the missile then this photograph I came across would do. It is a staged art photo by Patrick Nagatani on the online Akron Art Museum.
It can be seen here: https://akronartmuseum.org/collection/Obj3937?sid=297&x=9748
The picture depicts a group of Japanese tourists visiting the Nike monument at White Sands. Each one is holding a miniature of the Hercules. They could be holding Probe Force Ones!
The nuclear intent of the Nike Hercules juxtaposed with the very people who have suffered the most from the Nuclear age is I found both poignant and disturbing, which is presumably the artist's intent.
What do you think readers?