Major David Scott, the pilot of Gemini Eight, is scheduled for a record two-hour and ten minute "walk in space during the Gemini Eight flight, some of the highlights of the walk have been reproduced with a model Gemini capsule and a small marionette in a studio.
Scott floats to top of capsule
Astronaut on top of capsule
Moves towards nose of capsule
Uses space gun in front of capsule
Space walk reproduction.
EDITORS NOTE: Radio sources available to you (Voice of America, for example) will broadcast conversation between Major Scott and Command Pilot Armstrong during the portion of the spacewalk portrayed. You may wish to obtain some of this material and use it with this film.
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Background: Major David Scott, the pilot of Gemini Eight, is scheduled for a record two-hour and ten minute "walk in space during the Gemini Eight flight, some of the highlights of the walk have been reproduced with a model Gemini capsule and a small marionette in a studio.
Early Wednesday morning (16 March, 7:00 a.m. New York time) Major Scott will open the right-hand hatch of Gemini Eight and get out. He will be linked to the spacecraft by a 25-foot "umbilical", which provides him with oxygen and other life support necessities. He will perform a few chores including the retrieval of a radiator experiment, setting up a cosmic radiation detector and tightening some bolts with a special wrench. Then, in the sequence shown in our film, Major Scott will begin what is perhaps the most dramatic portion of his experiment.
He will take a back pack out of the rear section of the Gemini Eight capsule and put it on. The pack contains oxygen and other life support equipment. With the pack in place and functioning Major Scott will unhook the umbilical and secure himself to the spacecraft by a 75-foot tether, which is nothing more than a strap to prevent him from drifting off into space. Major Scott's spacesuit is now fully capable of supporting him with no help from the equipment in the capsule; he is a free agent. He will use this freedom to manoeuvre himself about with a manoeuvring gun - a device with which he can propel himself with small jets of freon gas. At one point, he will use a specially treated cloth to wipe the Gemini Eight's window. (The windows have been dirtied by rocket exhaust in previous Gemini missions.) This portion of the spacewalk will take place in darkness on the night side of the earth.
After two hours and ten minutes have elapsed, Major Scott is scheduled to rejoin Command Pilot Neil Armstrong in the Gemini capsule.