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    TWO UNITED STATES ASTRONAUTS, GORDON COOPER AND CHARLES CONRAD - THE GEMINI FIVE TEAM - ARRIVED IN ATHENS, THE GREEK CAPITAL TODAY (THURSDAY) AT THE BEGINNING OF A SIX-NATION TOUR OF EUROPE AND AFRICA.

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    SOVIET ASTRONAUTS LEONOV AND BELAYEV RECEIVING KEYS OF THE CITY FROM ATHEN'S MAYOR, AND COOPER AND CONRAD LEAVING THEIR AIRCRAFT AT THE AIRPORT.




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    Background: TWO UNITED STATES ASTRONAUTS, GORDON COOPER AND CHARLES CONRAD - THE GEMINI FIVE TEAM - ARRIVED IN ATHENS, THE GREEK CAPITAL TODAY (THURSDAY) AT THE BEGINNING OF A SIX-NATION TOUR OF EUROPE AND AFRICA. IN ATHENS AT THE SAME TIME WERE TWO SOVIET ASTRONAUTS - ALEXEI LEONOV AND PAVEL BELAYEV - WHO, AT AN OFFICIAL CEREMONY - RECEIVED THE KEYS OF THE CITY. BOTH TEAMS OF SPACEMEN ARE IN ATHENS TO ATTEND THE 16TH INTERNATIONAL ASTRONAUTICAL CONGRESS.

    SPEAKING IN ATHENS, SOVIET COSMONAUT LEONOV SAID THAT THE TIME WAS "NOT FAR" AHEAD WHEN RUSSIAN MULTI-MANNED RESEARCH LABORATORIES, WITH CREWS RELIEVED AT REGULAR INTERVALS, WOULD BE ORBITING THE EARTH. THIS WOULD BE FOLLOWED BY MANNED LANDINGS ON THE MOON AND OTHER PLANETS IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM.

    THE AMERICANS WERE IN PHILOSOPHICAL MOOD WHEN THEY SPOKE TO JOURNALISTS. SPEAKING OF THE GEMINI FIVE FLIGHT, ASTRONAUT COOPER SAID OF THE EARTH - "IT LOOKS A VERY PEACEFUL PLACE. IT MAKES YOU WONDER WHY WE HAVE TO HAVE ALL THESE WARS WHEN EACH AND EVERY INDIVIDUAL IS SO INSIGNIFICANT AND SMALL COMPARED WITH THIS UNIVERSE."
    THE UNITED STATES ASTRONAUTS GO ON TO TURKEY, ETHIOPIA, MALAGASY REPUBLIC, KENYA AND NIGERIA BEFORE RETURNING TO AMERICA.

    THE TWO PAIRS OF SPACEMEN HAVE NOT YET MET - BUT THE AMERICANS HAVE SAID THEY ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO A MEETING. "WE HAVE A LOT TO COMPARE AND DISCUSS, "THEY SAID.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA126XWPXC1UD1QVIMLDJ4CJRDZ
    Media URN:
    VLVA126XWPXC1UD1QVIMLDJ4CJRDZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/09/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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