• Short Summary

    AMERICA'S MOST COMPLEX SPACE EXPERIMENT, THE TWO-MAN GEMINI 9 MISSION, HAS AGAIN BEEN POSTPONED AT THE LAST MINUTE.

  • Description

    AMERICA'S MOST COMPLEX SPACE EXPERIMENT, THE TWO-MAN GEMINI 9 MISSION, HAS AGAIN BEEN POSTPONED AT THE LAST MINUTE. THE DECISION TO DELAY THE LAUNCHING OF THE MANNED CAPSULE CAME AFTER A TARGET SATELLITE MADE A SUCCESSFUL BLAST-OFF TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

    THE FIRST LAUNCHING PUT THE TARGET SATELLITE IN ORBIT. ASTRONAUTS THOMAS STAFFORD AND EUGENE CERNAN WERE TO HAVE GONE THROUGH A COMPLEX SERIES OF DOCKING MANOUEVRES WITH THE TARGET, AND CERNAN HAS INSTRUCTIONS TO LEAVE THE CAPSULE FOR A TWO-AND-A-HALF HOUR SPACE WALK.

    BUT ONLY THREE MINUTES BEFORE THE BLAST-OFF, THE FLIGHT CONTROLLERS SPOTTED A SINGLE RED LIGHT ON THEIR CONSOLES AND ORDERED A 48 HOUR POSTPONEMENT. A COMPUTER ABOARD THE SPACESHIP HAD FAILED.

    IT WAS THE SECOND TIME STAFFORD AND CERNAN HAD GONE THROUGH THE TENSE PRE-LAUNCH PERIOD STRAPPED INTO THEIR CAPSULE. THE LAST GEMINI 9 ATTEMPT ENDED IN FAILURE WHEN THE TARGET FAILED TI GO INTO ORBIT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4G2NYVW6X51WC8Z2MH4N7WV18
    Media URN:
    VLVA4G2NYVW6X51WC8Z2MH4N7WV18
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/06/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:41:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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