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    SUGGESTED LIVE INTRO. FOR LOCAL NEWSCASTER ON CAMERA:
    Here's a quick summary supplied by Sperry Rand?

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    SUGGESTED LIVE INTRO. FOR LOCAL NEWSCASTER ON CAMERA:
    Here's a quick summary supplied by Sperry Rand Corporation's Univac Division showing you via animation how Apollo astronauts on the moon's surface communicate with Mission Control.

    NARRATOR: Astronauts on the moon converse with earth via small transmitters inside their helmets - and backpack - and Lunar Module antennas. Every second, scientists know the exact condition of the astronauts from telemetry data sent to earth via the same antennas. Television signals from the astronaut's portable, seven-pound camera are carried by cable to LEM. These signals are transmitted to earth from the LEM antenna. The astronauts also erect an antenna on the lunar surface which can relay colour or black and white TV signals. Live television goes to 210-foot antennas at Goldstone, California, or Parkes, Australia, for relay to the Manned Spacecraft Centre in Houston.

    Using ground stations, the tracking ship Vanguard, plus jet aircraft, the NASA Communications Network spans the globe, remaining in constant touch with the astronauts. Messages from the moon are instantly relayed from a tracking station to the U.S. via satellite. They are then routed through NASA's Goddard Space Fight Centre in Greenbelt, Maryland, to Houston. Communication -- including any command signals to the spacecraft which may be necessary -- also go back to the astronauts through the network.

    Computers at each tracking station, at overseas switching stations, at Goddard, and at Houston, process telemetry and command signals, verify that they are being sent correctly, and route them to the proper places. These computers are supplied by UNIVAC.

    The Apollo communications system makes astronauts on the lunar surface the best-informed, least lonely explorers in history.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA14JW2LQ0OI01QG8W6P30JEOZJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA14JW2LQ0OI01QG8W6P30JEOZJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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