• Short Summary

    CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA, READY TO LAUNCH LIEUTENANT COMMANDER SCOTT CARPENTER INTO ORBIT: TWO MECHANICAL FAULTS IN THE MERCURY SPACECRAFT, ONE IN THE PARACHUTE TO BE USED ON RETURN TO EARTH AND THE OTHER IN THE THERMOSTAT, WERE CORRECTED AND THE FINAL COUNT-DOWN BEGAN MAY 23.

  • Description

    1.
    GV CARPENTER WALKS TOWARDS SIMULATED CAPSULE.
    0.04

    2.
    CU SIDE ANGLE..CARPENTER GETS INTO CAPSULE.
    0.09

    3.
    CU CARPENTER INSIDE CAPSULE WITH LEGS DRAWN
    0.12

    4.
    CU INSTRUMENTS INSIDE CAPSULE.
    0.13

    5.
    GTV TECHNICIANS OUTSIDE CAPSULE GO THROUGH DRY RUN.
    0.16

    6.
    GV SIMULATED CAPSULE.
    0.19

    7.
    AERIVAL V...BERMUDA TRACKING STATION. (2 SCENES)
    0.28

    8.
    GV INT..BLOCKHOUSE DURING DUMMY RUN.
    0.31

    9.
    SCU ENGINEERS AT CONSOLE.
    0.35

    10.
    SCU CHART SHOWS CAPSULES PROGRESS.
    0.39

    11.
    GV EXT..ANTENNA OUTSIDE TRACKING STATION.
    0.43

    12.
    CU SIGN 'EVERGLADES AREA - PROTECT WILD LIFE'.
    0.47

    13.
    SV BURNING TREES.
    0.52

    14.
    GV MAN TRIES TO DAMPEN FIRE WITH BLANKET.
    0.54

    15.
    SV TREES BURN (2 SCENES)
    1.06

    16.
    AERIAL V..BURNING TREES.
    1.21

    17.
    GV SMOKE HIDES SKY (2 SCENES)
    1.33



    Initials JRG/N/MGT/PB



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    Background: CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA, READY TO LAUNCH LIEUTENANT COMMANDER SCOTT CARPENTER INTO ORBIT: TWO MECHANICAL FAULTS IN THE MERCURY SPACECRAFT, ONE IN THE PARACHUTE TO BE USED ON RETURN TO EARTH AND THE OTHER IN THE THERMOSTAT, WERE CORRECTED AND THE FINAL COUNT-DOWN BEGAN MAY 23. CARPENTER COMPLETED HIS PRE-LAUNCH TRAINING IN A SERIES OF SIMULATED FLIGHTS AND ALL WAS SET FOR THE LAUNCH MAY 24.

    HOWEVER ONE OF THE BIGGEST DOUBT ABOUT CONDITIONS SUITABLE FOR A SUCCESSFUL LAUNCH CAME FROM AN UNUSUAL SOURCE. FIRES SWEEPING ACROSS WIDE AREAS OR EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK IN FLORIDA THREATENED MORE THAN THE WILD LIFE - SMOKE FROM THE FIRST HUNG IN A DENSE PALL OVER PARTS OF FLORIDA AND COULD PREVENT EFFECTIVE TRACKING OF THE INITIAL STAGE OF CARPENTER'S FLIGHT. STARTING MAY 21, THE FIRES FOILED ALL ATTEMPTS TO PUT THEM OUT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA49SUMDJGGJZ2RXAUH1HTKL3LP
    Media URN:
    VLVA49SUMDJGGJZ2RXAUH1HTKL3LP
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/05/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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