• Short Summary

    ON THE EVE OF TODAY'S (FRIDAY) APOLLO SEVEN MANNED SPACEFLIGHT LAUNCH, AMERICAN ASTRONAUT, WALTER SCHIRRA, ANNOUNCED THAT IT WILL BE HIS FINAL SPACE FLIGHT.

  • Description


    APOLLO BUILDING; SCHIRRA ANSWER INTERVIEWER.



    TRANSCRIPT:



    INTERVIEWER: "HAS ANY THOUGHT BEEN GIVEN TO ESTABLISHING A CUT OFF DOWN TO WHICH ASTRONAUTS WOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO MAKE SPACE FLIGHTS?"



    SCHIRRA: "I SUSPECT I'LL BE THE TEST CASE BEING OF COURSE THE OLDEST IN OUR WORKING CREW. I THINK ALSO I'LL PROBABLY VOLUNTEER TO CUT OFF MYSELF AND I THINK THAT HIS FLIGHT (INDISTINCT). HOSPITAL WARD. GRUDGERY, SURE GRUDGERY AND ON SOME THINGS THERE ARE LONG DAYS INVOLVED. WITH SESSIONS WE'VE HAD TRYING TO RESOLVE SOME OF THE PROBLEMS WE'D HAD (INDISTINCT) AND AS A RESULT YOU DON'T BOUNCE BACK AS FAST, BUT OF COURSE THAT COMES WITH AGE AS WELL I SUSPECT. BUT PILOTS WHO FLY ALL SORTS OF PLANES AROUND HAVE HAD MORE RESPONSIBILITY THAN I'VE HAD, AS I JUDGE IT. A MAN WHO HAS 150 TO 200 PASSENGERS HAS A NECK OF A LOT OF RESPONSIBILITY, AND THOSE MEN ARE FLYING IN THEIR SIXTIES.



    INTERVIEWER: "NO CUT OFF AGE AS YET?"



    SCHIRRA: "I DON'T SEE A CUT OFF AGE AS SUCH. I DON'T THINK WE HAVE THAT MANY FLIGHTS COMING UP AS YET. I WILL PROBABLY NOT GO ON ANOTHER FLIGHT."



    INTERVIEWER: "THIS IS LIKELY TO BE YOUR LAST FLIGHT?"



    SCHIRRA: "I SUSPECT IT WILL."




    Initials LH/VB/BHH/SC



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: ON THE EVE OF TODAY'S (FRIDAY) APOLLO SEVEN MANNED SPACEFLIGHT LAUNCH, AMERICAN ASTRONAUT, WALTER SCHIRRA, ANNOUNCED THAT IT WILL BE HIS FINAL SPACE FLIGHT. SCHIRRA, 45, IS THE COMMAND PILOT FOR THE TRIP AND POTENTIALLY THE FIRST MAN IN HISTORY TO MAKE THREE SPACE FLIGHTS.

    YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) HE DISCUSSED HIS FUTURE BEFORE HIS II-DAY VOYAGE INTO SPACE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4SR9DY7U1YE6OLSBDXBM8D60P
    Media URN:
    VLVA4SR9DY7U1YE6OLSBDXBM8D60P
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/10/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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