• Short Summary

    JAPAN YESTERDAY (MONDAY) FAILED IN AN ATTEMPT TO BECOME THE WORLD'S FOURTH SPACE NATION WHEN THE FINAL STAGE OF LAMBA ROCKET FAILED TO GO INTO ORBIT.

  • Description

    JAPAN YESTERDAY (MONDAY) FAILED IN AN ATTEMPT TO BECOME THE WORLD'S FOURTH SPACE NATION WHEN THE FINAL STAGE OF LAMBA ROCKET FAILED TO GO INTO ORBIT.

    THE FOURTH-STAGE LAMBA, POWERED BY SOLID FUEL, MADE A PERFECT BLAST-OFF FROM UCHINOURA IN SOUTHERN JAPAN AS MILLIONS OF JAPANESE WATCHED THE LAUNCHING LIVE ON TELEVISION. IT SCARED ALOFT INTO CLEAR BLUE SKIES, AND THE SECOND STAGE IGNITED AS IT SHOULD HAVE. BUT THEN, FOUR MINUTES AFTER THE BLAST-OFF, THE ROCKET BEGAN TO DIP AND GO OFF COURSE.

    THE FOURTH STAGE, CARRYING A 57-POUND (26-KILOGRAMME) SATELLITE, SEPARATED, BUT ALL RADIO CONTACT WITH IT WAS LOST TWENTY MINUTES AFTER THE FLIGHT STARTED, AND JAPANESE SCIENTISTS ANNOUNCED THE ATTEMPT HAD FAILED.

    BUT THE JAPANESE SPACE PROGRAMME IS WELL AHEAD OF SCHEDULE... LAMBA WAS NOT DUE TO BE LAUNCHED FOR ANOTHER YEAR. THE EIGHT AND A HALF TON ROCKET, STANDING 51 FEET (15 METRES) HIGH, HAS BEEN REMARKABLY CHEAP... THE LAMBA PROGRAMME HAS COST ONLY 250,000 U.S. DOLLARS.

    NOW PLANS ARE BEING MADE FOR A SECOND ATTEMPT IN DECEMBER TO JOIN THE UNITED STATES, THE SOVIET UNION AND FRANCE AS THE WORLD'S PIONEERS IN SPACE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1NOR3PPT2NOS7VIYTWP28NAK
    Media URN:
    VLVA1NOR3PPT2NOS7VIYTWP28NAK
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/09/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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