• Short Summary

    From a pad at Cape Canaveral, USA, Dec 19 an 83-feet tall 'Redstone' rocket roared to an altitude of 135 miles carrying an unmanned space capsule.

    140 seconds after launching, missile and capsule separated.

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    LV Rocket moved towards launching site
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    SV Being prepared on launching pad
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    SV DITTO
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    LV Main section hoisted on launching pad
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    CU Operator at controls
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    LV Rocket hoisted on launching pad
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    SV PAN..down rocket on launching pad
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    CU Operator at controls
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    SV Space capsule hoisted on launching pad, along rocket
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    SCU Capsule lowered onto rocket
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    CU DITTO
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    CU DITTO
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    SV DITTO
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    LV Pressmen and reporters look on
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    LV DITTO
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    SV DITTO
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    GV Rocket takes off with capsule
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    CU Onlookers with binoculars
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    LV Rocket with capsule climbing
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    CU Cameramen filming
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    GV Shows rocket trail in sky
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    SV Radar equipment at base
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    CU DITTO
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    CU Picture of rocket trail in sky
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    SV Group of astronauts
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    CU PAN..DITTO
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    SV DITTO
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    SV Posed group of astronauts
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    TV Press around group of astronauts
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    GV Launching pad
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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: From a pad at Cape Canaveral, USA, Dec 19 an 83-feet tall 'Redstone' rocket roared to an altitude of 135 miles carrying an unmanned space capsule.

    140 seconds after launching, missile and capsule separated. The capsule re-entered the earth's atmosphere at a speed of 4,200 miles an hour and parachuted into the Atlantic Ocean as planned.

    The capsule was taken from the ocean by a helicopter about 90 miles north-east of Grand Bahama Island. It was then transferred to an aircraft carrier, from where it was taken back to Cape Canaveral for closer inspection by Dr Wernher von Braun and other officials concerned with America's 'Man into Space' Mercury Project.

    Seven astronauts training for the first manned space flight were at Cape Canaveral to watch the launching. Two of them chased under the capsule to the impact point in an F-106 fighter aircraft.

    Robert Gilruth, Director of the Mercury programme, said: "The next flight could include a chimpanzee," which is considered a prelude to manned flight, now expected to take place around March 1961.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3MU1SRZERYT3NFN11CS5TTZQV
    Media URN:
    VLVA3MU1SRZERYT3NFN11CS5TTZQV
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/12/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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