• Short Summary

    THE GEMINI TITAN-TWO LAUNCH VEHICLE THAT WILL ORBIT OUR FIRST GEMINI ASTRONAUT TEAM HAS ARRIVED AT CAPE KENNEDY TO BE PREPARED FOR THE NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION FLIGHT LATER THIS SPRING.

  • Description

    THE GEMINI TITAN-TWO LAUNCH VEHICLE THAT WILL ORBIT OUR FIRST GEMINI ASTRONAUT TEAM HAS ARRIVED AT CAPE KENNEDY TO BE PREPARED FOR THE NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION FLIGHT LATER THIS SPRING. THE THREE-ORBIT MISSION OF ASTRONAUTS VIRGIL GRISSOM AND JOHN YOUNG WILL BE THE NATION'S FIRST MANNED SPACE FLIGHT SINCE PROJECT MERCURY ENDED IN 1963.

    A HUGE CARGO PLANE FLEW THE GEMINI LAUNCH VEHICLE TO THE CAPE FROM THE MARTIN COMPANY IN BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, WHERE IT WAS BUILT. SHROUDED IN WHITE CANVAS, THE ROCKET'S TWO STAGES WILL BE WHEELED TO LAUNCH COMPLEX 19. THERE, THE TITAN-TWO WILL UNDERGO A SERIES OF INTENSIVE SYSTEMS TESTS -- AS SHOWN IN THESE SCENES FROM EARLIER BEFORE THE TWO-MAN SPACECRAFT IS HOISTED INTO POSITION.

    MARTIN COMPANY ENGINEERS WILL CHECK ALL SUBSYSTEMS AND GROUND EQUIPMENT TO VERIFY THEIR OPERATING READINESS.

    FOUR MAJOR TESTS REMAIN AFTER THE GEMINI SPACECRAFT IS MATED TO THE 90-FOOT-TALL ROCKET.

    PRIMARY AND BACK-UP ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS ARE TESTED.

    THEN, ALL MAJOR SYSTEMS -- BOTH AIRBORNE AND GROUND -- ARE EXAMINED IN A COMBINED TEST.

    NEXT, LIQUID PROPELLANTS ARE PUMPED ABOARD THE TITAN AND IT IS TAKEN THROUGH A SEVEN-HOUR PRACTICE COUNTDOWN. IN THE FINAL MAJOR TEST, THE ASTRONAUTS CLIMB INTO THEIR SPACECRAFT FOR A SIMULATED FLIGHT TIED IN WITH THE WORLD-WIDE TRACKING NETWORK.

    SUCCESS OF THIS TEST -- WHICH COMES ABOUT FOUR DAYS BEFORE THE LAUNCH -- WILL SEND THE SPACECRAFT RECOVERY SHIPS TO SEA.

    THIS WILL BE THE THIRD FLIGHT IN THE GEMINI PROGRAM.

    THE FIRST TOOK PLACE LAST APRIL 8TH, WHEN THE TITAN-TWO DEMONSTRATED ITS RELIABILITY BY SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHING AN UNMANNED SPACECRAFT INTO ORBIT. THE SECOND FLIGHT WAS THE RECENT SUBORBITAL TEST OF SYSTEMS AND RE-ENTRY CAPABILITIES OF AN UNMANNED BUT FULLY EQUIPPED GEMINI SPACECRAFT.

    ... THE FIRST TWO MISSIONS A PRELUDE TO THIS NATION'S NEXT GIANT STEP INTO SPACE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3EXB11FQLDBRH4OMI85M02GHJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA3EXB11FQLDBRH4OMI85M02GHJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:24:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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