• Short Summary

    AFTER FIVE HOURS HURTLING THROUGH SPACE AT MORE THAN 17,500 MILES AN HOUR AND THESE HOURS FLOATING IN THE ATLANTIC OCEAN AWAITING PICK-UP, LIEUTENANT COMMANDER MALCOLM SCOTT CARPENTER, AMERICA'S SECOND ASTRONAUT TO COMPLETE THREE ORBITS OF THE EARTH, BECAME ON MAY 24 THE COUNTRY'S LEADING NEWS TOPIC.

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    CU SOF BEGINS: "BUT WHAT SUSTAINED..... PULL OUT AT 17 FT TO SHOW FAMILY. SMALL BOY SPEAKS... SOF ENDS: "I'VE CHANGED MY MIND..."
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    QUESTION : "BUT WHAT SUSTAINED YOU DURING THESE FORTY CRUCIAL MINUTES WHILE WERE ALL UNCERTAIN AS TO HIS STATE. WHAT SUSTAINED YOU..."



    MRS. CARPENTER: "I THINK I HAVE BEEN THOROUGHLY CHECKED OUT IN EXCITING PROCEDURES - THE PROCEDURE IN EVERY BACK-UP SYSTEM AND IN FACT I HAVE WATCHED EGRESS PROCEDURE."



    QUESTION: "I WOULD LIKE TO ASK A QUESTION OF YOUR SONS. WOULD THEY LIKE TO BE ASTRONAUTS WHEN THEY GROW UP?"



    KRISTEN (AGED 6) "WELL ..... IN A WAY". (LAUGHTER)



    SCOTT (AGED 12): "WELL AFTER WATCHING THE FLIGHT ALMOST AS PERFECT AS IT WAS FOR DAD I THOUGHT 'BOY, IT LOOKS PRETTY SAFE THERE' BUT AFTER THOSE FORTY-SIX MINUTES I CHANGED MY MIND." (LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE)




    Initials DD/V/WH/LW


    NOTE TO EDITOR: TURN DOWN SOF FOR 12 SECONDS.

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    Background: AFTER FIVE HOURS HURTLING THROUGH SPACE AT MORE THAN 17,500 MILES AN HOUR AND THESE HOURS FLOATING IN THE ATLANTIC OCEAN AWAITING PICK-UP, LIEUTENANT COMMANDER MALCOLM SCOTT CARPENTER, AMERICA'S SECOND ASTRONAUT TO COMPLETE THREE ORBITS OF THE EARTH, BECAME ON MAY 24 THE COUNTRY'S LEADING NEWS TOPIC. BUT UNTIL THE 37-YEAR-OLD ASTRONAUT WAS ABLE TO ANSWER NEWSMEN'S QUESTION IT WAS THE TURN OF THE COMMANDER'S WIFE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS - ESPECIALLY HOW SHE FELT DURING THE MORE THAN 40 MINUTES WHEN THERE WAS NO NEWS OF HER HUSBAND AND THE SPACE CAPSULE - AURORA 7 - WHICH HAD OVERSHOOT THE PLANNED LANDING AREA BY SOME 200 MILES.

    AT A CAPE CANAVERAL PRESS CONFERENCE, 232-YEAR-OLD MRS RENE CARPENTER, ACCOMPANIED BY HER FOUR CHILDREN - TWO BOYS AND TWO GIRLS - WAS ASKED:

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1ZH7739XQ8PN8P3TAMM52CXPD
    Media URN:
    VLVA1ZH7739XQ8PN8P3TAMM52CXPD
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/05/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:09:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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