• Short Summary

    PRESIDENT KENNEDY WAS ONE OF THE MILLIONS OF AMERICAN WHO WATCHED THE TELEVISION COVERAGE OF LIEUT.

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    PRESIDENT KENNEDY WAS ONE OF THE MILLIONS OF AMERICAN WHO WATCHED THE TELEVISION COVERAGE OF LIEUT. COLONEL JOHN GLENN'S ORBITAL FLIGHT, FEBRUARY 20. IN HIS WHITE HOUSE OFFICE, WITH VICE PRESIDENT JOHNSON AND OTHER GOVERNMENT MINISTERS, THE PRESIDENT KEPT ABREAST OF THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS. AS SOON AS HE HEARD THAT GLENN WAS SAFE ABOARD THE AIRCRAFT. CARRIER "RANDOLPH" AFTER HIS HISTORIC THREE ORBITS OF THE EARTH, THE PRESIDENT TELEPHONE HIS CONGRATULATIONS.

    IN NEW YORK, TOO, THE OPERATION WAS EAGERLY WATCHED, BY SIDEWALK VIEWERS WHO FORMED DENSE CROWDS OUTSIDE TELEVISION SHOP WINDOWS AND WHEREVER THEY COULD GLIMPSE A TV SCREEN. EXCITEMENT SPREAD THROUGH THE STREETS, AND CHEERING BROKE OUT AS THE SUCCESS OF THE MISSION BECAME APPARENT. TELEVISION MONITORS AT GRAND CENTRAL STATION ATTRACTED A CROWD THAT JAMMED THE VAST ENTRANCE HALL TO CAPACITY.

    THE POST OFFICE ADDED ITS CONTRIBUTION TO THE CELEBRATIONS BY RELEASING A SPECIAL COMMEMORATIVE STAMP ISSUE THE MOMENT THE FLIGHT WAS COMPLETED. BUYERS CLAMOURED SO EAGERLY FOR THE NEW FOUR CENT STAMPS THAT SUPPLIES THREATENED TO RUN OUT AFTER A FEW HOURS.

    EIGHTEEN MINUTES AFTER COLONEL GLENN'S CAPSULE "FRIENDSHIP 7", HIT THE WATER OFF THE BAHAMAS, THE U.S. DESTROYER "NOA" WAS ALONGSIDE AFTER A SIX MILE DASH. WITH BOOM, BLOCK AND TACKLE "FRIENDSHIP 7" WAS HAULED ABOARD, WITH GLENN STILL INSIDE. SEVERAL MINUTES ALTER THE ASTRONAUT CLIMBED OUT, TO BE PICKED UP BY HELICOPTER AND TRANSFERRED TO THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER "RANDOLPH", PARENT SHIP OF THE RESCUE FLEET, WHERE HE RECEIVED AN ENTHUSIASTIC WELCOME.

    AFTER A PRELIMINARY MEDICAL CHECKUP, THE COLONEL WAS TAKEN TO GRAND TURK ISLAND IN THE BAHAMAS FOR A BRIEF REST BEFORE RETURNING TO CAPE CANAVERAL AND A MEETING WITH PRESIDENT KENNEDY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5LGY36APN6V9M1LDEFZX99J8G
    Media URN:
    VLVA5LGY36APN6V9M1LDEFZX99J8G
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/02/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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