• Short Summary

    IN THE NEVADA DESERT AMERICA'S SECOND GROUP OF ASTRONAUTS ARE UNDERGOING SURVIVAL TRAINING. THESE NINE?

  • Description

    IN THE NEVADA DESERT AMERICA'S SECOND GROUP OF ASTRONAUTS ARE UNDERGOING SURVIVAL TRAINING. THESE NINE MEN ARE BEING TRAINED FOR PROJECTS GEMINI AND APOLLO.

    IN THE DESERT THE MEN LEARN HOW TO FASHION CLOTHES AND SHELTER FROM THEIR PARACHUTES, AMONG OTHER SURVIVAL LESSONS. THE FINAL TEST COMES AT THE END OF THEIR DESERT TRAINING PERIOD WHEN THEY ARE LEFT IN THE DESERT BY THEMSELVES FOR TWO-DAYS. EARLIER THIS YEAR THE TRAINEE ASTRONAUTS WERE FLOW TO PANAMA FOR A JUNGLE SURVIVAL COURSE WHERE THEY WERE TAUGHT HOW TO LIVE ON A DIET OF MONKEYS, LIZARDS, AND INSECTS. THEY HAD TWO DAYS OF CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION AND THEN TWO DAYS IN THE JUNGLE.

    ALL AMERICA'S PREVIOUS ASTRONAUTS RECEIVED SIMILAR EMERGENCY LANDING TRAINING.

    PROJECT GEMINI, FOR WHICH THESE MEN ARE BEING TRAINED, IS AMERICA'S NEXT STEP IN THE EXPLORATION OF SPACE. THE FIRST GEMINI FLIGHT IS EXPECTED SOME TIME NEXT YEAR. THE GEMINI PROGRAMME HAS TWO MAIN OBJECTIVES: TO PUT TWO-MAN CREWS IN ORBIT FOR PERIODS UP TO TWO WEEKS; AND TO PRACTISE RENDEZVOUS IN SPACE BETWEEN MANNED AND UNMANNED SATELLITES.

    THIS OF COURSE IN PART OF THE PREPARATION FOR THE APOLLO WHICH AIMS TO PUT TWO MEN ON THE MOON IN THIS DECADE. COLONEL LYSINS, THE FIRST AMERICAN ASTRONAUT TO ORBIT THE EARTH, IS LEADING THE APOLLO PROJECT.

    IT IS POSSIBLE THAT ONE OF THE NINE MEN ON THIS FILM WILL BE THE FIRST EARTHMAN TO WALK ACROSS THE SURFACE OF THE MOON.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3ZGMUIECTQ3CJ52IS3UULJQL4
    Media URN:
    VLVA3ZGMUIECTQ3CJ52IS3UULJQL4
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/08/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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