Have you ever stopped to wonder what happens to all the bits that drop off a rocket after it has been launched?
G.V. The missile recovery ship.
S.V. Man at the wheel.
S.V. Man taking the soundings.
S.V.Pan Marker buoy heaved overboard.
S.T.V. Cable reeling out.
T.V. Anchor dropping.
T.V. Motor boat being launched.
C.U. Frogman preparing.
S.V.Pan Frogman jumps in the sea.
UNDER WATER SEQUENCES AS FOLLOWS:
A. Descending to the sea bed.
B. Mounting the inspection cradle.
C. Travelling over the sea-bed.
D. Locating the wreckage of the rocket.
E. Securing wreckage by cable to the ship.
F. Moisting wreckage upwards.
S.C.U.Pan The wreckage is hauled on board, and lowered into the hold.
L.V. The recovery ship.
Initials AW M.R./P.B.
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Background: Have you ever stopped to wonder what happens to all the bits that drop off a rocket after it has been launched?
Most of as know that rocket launching bases, such as this one at Cape Canaveral where the Vanguard is being launched, are usually on the coast, and the fallen sections usually lie on the bed of the ocean. But these fallen sections are of great interest to scientists in their study of flight behaviour, and here is an interview with John Light, a skin diver, who has taken part in missile recovery.
This is some of the film John Light has shot in he course of his recovery work.