• Short Summary

    The three United States astronauts who took part in last December's Apollo 17 mission -- the sixth and last manned moon landing in the Apollo programme -- are on a four-week goodwill tour of Africa, Asia and the Far East.

  • Description

    The three United States astronauts who took part in last December's Apollo 17 mission -- the sixth and last manned moon landing in the Apollo programme -- are on a four-week goodwill tour of Africa, Asia and the Far East.

    On Sunday (10 June), the astronauts -- Captain Eugene Cernan, Dr. Harrison Schmitt and Captain Ronald Evans -- arrived in Lagos at the start of a four-day visit to Nigeria.

    The aim of the tour is to foster research and co-operation in the peaceful uses of space and to share with other nations information already gained by the United States. The astronauts exchanged ideas with local scientists and lectured to science students at three Nigerian universities.

    In one of the welcoming ceremonies, Dr. Schmitt, the first geologist to travel on a moon mission, called for the setting up of a university in space where scientists from all over the world would pool their resources.

    On Monday (11 June), Cernan, Schmitt and Evans met Nigerian Head of Stats, General Yakabu Gowon. They presented him with samples of moon rock, a model of the Apollo 17 lunar landing module and a plaque bearing a miniature Nigeria flag which they had carried to the moon.

    They were due to leave Lagos on Wednesday (13 June) for Cameroon. The astronauts have already visited Senegal, Niger and the Ivory Coast. The other territories on their itinerary are Kenya, Pakistan, India, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines and Micronesia.

    Before they left Nigeria, the astronauts expressed their gratitude for the welcome they'd received. The transcript of the extract from their comments at a news conference included in this film follows.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA868Y0M2MC0BA604D467I57U44
    Media URN:
    VLVA868Y0M2MC0BA604D467I57U44
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/06/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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