• Short Summary

    AN AMERICAN "GLOBEMASTER" TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT LANDED AT THE PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE AT CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA, ON SUNDAY WITH THE SPACE-CAPSULE IN WHICH MAJOR GORDON COOPER COMPLETED 22 ORBITS AROUND THE EARTH.

  • Description

    AN AMERICAN "GLOBEMASTER" TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT LANDED AT THE PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE AT CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA, ON SUNDAY WITH THE SPACE-CAPSULE IN WHICH MAJOR GORDON COOPER COMPLETED 22 ORBITS AROUND THE EARTH.

    WHEN THE CARGO-DOORS OPENED, TECHNICIANS SLOWLY BROUGHT THE CAPSULE OUT AND DOWN THE RAMP TO BE LOADED ABOARD A VEHICLE TAKING IT TO THE RESEARCH TEAM AT NASA HEADQUARTERS.

    MAJOR COOPER HAD TO GUIDE THE SPACE-CRAFT DOWN TO ALMOST SEA-LEVEL WITHOUT THE BENEFIT OF AUTOMATIC CONTROLS.THE SLIGHTEST ERROR, AND THE ASTRONAUT WOULD HAVE BEEN BURNED ALIVE AS THE SPACE-CRAFT ENTERED THE EARTH'S ATMOSPHERE.

    AT ABOUT 3,000 FT.(900 METRES) WATCHERS ABOARD THE "KEARSARGE" - THE AIRCRAFT-CARRIER WAITING TO PICK UP THE ASTRONAUT -- SAW A BRIGHT ORANGE PARACHUTE OPEN OUT.THEN SKIN-DIVERS FROM HELICOPTERS LEAPED INTO THE PACIFIC AND ATTACHED A FLOTATION-COLLAR TO THE CAPSULE AS THEY WAITED FOR THE "KEARSARGE" TO STEAM UP FROM FOUR MILES (6.5 KILOMETRES) AWAY AND HOIST THE ASTRONAUT ABOARD.

    THE CAPSULE WAS TAKEN TO THE NASA LABORATORIES WHERE SCIENTISTS WILL TAKE IT CAREFULLY TO PIECES TO EXAMINE THE CONDITION OF EQUIPMENT AFTER THE SPACE-FLIGHT -- AND TO CHECK JUST WHERE THE CONTROL SYSTEM DID FAIL.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1FXXCZI2F8D97HA1NPABFTGR4
    Media URN:
    VLVA1FXXCZI2F8D97HA1NPABFTGR4
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/05/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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