American astronauts Grodon Cooper and Charles (Poto) Conrad blasted off from Launch Pad 19 on their eight-day endurance space flight on a Titan-II rocket that thundered a burst on smoke and fire.
American astronauts Grodon Cooper and Charles (Poto) Conrad blasted off from Launch Pad 19 on their eight-day endurance space flight on a Titan-II rocket that thundered a burst on smoke and fire. The were hurled perfectly into orbit.
It was a beautiful shot and went off without a hitch after Thursday's postponement caused by mechanical and weather problems.
Cooper, the veteran astronaut, making his second trip into space and Conrad, the rookie on his first ride, planned to be in their cramped space ship around the earth for an eight day journey in a weightless world.
This is three days longer than any man, American or Russian, has been in space, and is equal to the time planned for the first U.S. manned trip and landing on the moon.
Before parachuting j to a landing in the Atlantic Ocean on August 29th, the two astronauts are to circle the earth 121 times and travel a distance of three-million one-hundred thousand miles, a space record.
Medical experts are confident this flight will erase any lingering doubts on man's ability to survive long enough in space to rocket to the moon and return.
The flight started after the first perfect countdown in American man-in-space history. The nine-story high Titan-II rocked drilled the 7 thousand 700 pound space craft into an orbit ranging from 99 to 230 miles high.
Monitoring systems on the ground reported everything in order and working perfect.