• Short Summary

    PRESIDENT DE GAULLE'S AIM THAT FRANCE SHOULD HAVE A PLACE IN THE SPACE RACE TOOK A STEP FORWARD YESTERDAY (SATURDAY), WHEN FRANCE LAUNCHED A TWO-STAGE DRAGON ROCKET INTO THE UPPER ATMOSPHERE FROM A BASE IN SOUTHERN ICELAND.

  • Description

    PRESIDENT DE GAULLE'S AIM THAT FRANCE SHOULD HAVE A PLACE IN THE SPACE RACE TOOK A STEP FORWARD YESTERDAY (SATURDAY), WHEN FRANCE LAUNCHED A TWO-STAGE DRAGON ROCKET INTO THE UPPER ATMOSPHERE FROM A BASE IN SOUTHERN ICELAND.

    THE ROCKET, LAUNCHED AFTER TWO DAYS OF DELAY CAUSED BY BAD WEATHER, ACHIEVED A HEIGHT OF 400 KMS (APPROX 292 MILES). ITS JOB WAS TO STUDY THE MOVEMENT OF ENERGY, CONTAINED IN PARTICLES OF THE VAN ALLEN BELT - A GIRDLE OF RADIO ACTIVE PARTICLES ENCIRCLING THE EARTH.

    ACCORDING TO THE ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE NATIONAL CENTRE FOR SPACE STUDIES, THE FIRING - WHICH TOOK PLACE AT NIGHT - WAS COMPLETELY SUCCESSFUL.

    ICELAND HAS AGREED THAT FRANCE SHOULD LAUNCH TWO ROCKETS IN THE PRESENT SERIES OF TESTS FROM THE BASE IN THE SOUTHERN PART OF THE ISLAND, AN UNPOPULATED AREA OF VOLCANIC ROCK.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2RW3TVPXUFUK6ESZEO89F7T4G
    Media URN:
    VLVA2RW3TVPXUFUK6ESZEO89F7T4G
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/08/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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