• Short Summary

    1ST ADD ORBITER PASADENA CALIF (226A) X X X SPACECRAFT.

    AS THE SPACECRAFT SNAPPED PICTURES, SCIENTISTS?

  • Description

    1ST ADD ORBITER PASADENA CALIF (226A) X X X SPACECRAFT.

    AS THE SPACECRAFT SNAPPED PICTURES, SCIENTISTS MONITORING TELEMETRY DATA FROM IT SAID IT WAS "IN BEAUTIFUL SHAPE."
    THE SPACECRAFT'S ELLIPTICAL ORBIT SWUNG FROM A LOW POINT OF 31.9 MILES ABOVE THE MOON'S SURFACE TO A HIGH POINT 1,147 MILES. HOWEVER, THE DISTANCE FROM THE LUNAR SURFACE VARIED SLIGHTLY FROM ORBIT TO ORBIT BECAUSE OF GRAVITATIONAL PULL ON THE SPACECRAFT. EACH ORBIT TOOK THREE HOURS, 29 MINUTES.

    ORBITER 3 ALSO SNAPPED PICTURES OF ANOTHER POSSIBLE LANDING SITE ALONG THE WESTERN EDGE OF THE SEA OF FECUNDITY.

    THE SPACECRAFT PHOTOGRAPHED THE SITES THROUGH BOTH WIDE-ANGLE AND TELEPHOTO LENS. ALTHOUGH ORBITER 3 WILL COMPLETE ITS PICTURE TAKING FEB. 23, THE COMPLETE READOUT OF ALL PICTURES BY EARTH TRACKING STATIONS WILL NOT BE COMPLETED UNTIL MID-MARCH.

    THE SPACECRAFT, WHICH WENT INTO AN ELLIPTICAL ORBIT AROUND THE MOON ON FEB. 8, WILL TAKE A TOTAL OF 312 PHOTOGRAPHS WHICH WOULD PROVIDE SHARP, CLEAR PICTURES OF A SUBSTANTIAL PART OF THE MOON'S EQUATORIAL BELT.

    THE PICTURE TAKING BEGAN ON COMMAND OF A RADIO SIGNAL SENT BY THE WOOMERA, AUSTRALIA, TRACKING STATION AND STORED IN THE 850-POUND SPACECRAFT.

    LUNAR ORBITER HAS ANOTHER MISSION--TO STUDY THE GRAVITATIONAL FIELD AND SHARE OF THE MOON AND MEASURE METEOROIDS AND RADIATION IN THE VICINITY OF THE MOON. ORBITER 3 ALSO WILL ATTEMPT TO PHOTOGRAPH SURVEYOR 1, WHICH SUCCESSFULLY SOFT-LANDED ON THE MOON LAST JUNE.

    PASADENA, CALIF., FEB. 15 (AP)-LUNAR ORBITER 3 TELEVISED NEW PICTURES FROM THE MOON TODAY SHOWING BROAD LEVEL AREAS PITTED WITH SMALL CRATERS PUT PROBABLY SAFE FOR ASTRONAUT LANDINGS.

    THE PHOTOGRAPHS, WERE MADE AT AN ALTITUDE OF 33 1/2 MILES OVER THE DRY SEA OF TRANQUILLITY ON THE EQUATOR NEAR THE MOON'S EASTERN EDGE.

    NO SCIENTIFIC EVALUATION WAS RELEASED IMMEDIATELY BUT COMPARISON OF THE PICTURES WITH THOSE OF THE SAME AREA BY LUNAR ORBITERS 1 AND 2 LAST YEAR INDICATES THE SITE PROBABLY IS SMOOTH ENOUGH FOR MANNED LANDINGS.

    MOST OF THE MORE THAN 300 PICTURES--EACH A TINY PORTION OF 20 LARGER FRAMES SNAPPED AS THE 850-POUND CRAFT MADE ITS 45TH ORBIT--SHOWED A THIN SCATTERING OF CRATERS, SOME AS SMALL AS THREE FEET ACROSS.

    A FEW WERE 60 TO 70 FEET IN DIAMETER AND ONE OR TWO WERE AS WIDE AS 400 FEET.

    THE PICTURES SHOWED ONLY A FEW RIDGES STEEP ENOUGH TO UPSET A LANDING CRAFT. OBSERVERS SAW DARK SPOTS WHICH COULD BE ROCKS SCATTERED BY THE IMPACT OF METEORITES.

    THE SITE IS ONE OF 12 TO BE PHOTOGRAPHED DURING THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS. TRANSMISSION OF ALL OF MORE THAN 200 FRAMES IS SCHEDULED TO BE COMPLETED EARLY NEXT MONTH.

    LIKE ITS FORERUNNERS, ORBITER 3 HAS BOTH A WIDE-ANGLE AND A CLOSE-UP LENS. ONE WIDE-ANGLE AND ONE CLOSE-UP ARE ON EACH FRAME. THE PICTURES FLASHED ON SCREENS TODAY, EACH COVERING AN AREA 800 BY 1,000 FEET, WILL BE PATCHED TOGETHER LATER FOR PANORAMIC VIEWS.

    THE SPACECRAFT BEGAN ITS PHOTO SWEEP AT 5 A.M. EST AND RADIOED THE SHOTS THREE HOURS LATER TO A TRACKING STATION IN SPAIN. OTHER SHOTS OF THE SAME SITE WERE SENT AS THE EARTH'S ROTATION BROUGHT A TRACKING STATION AT GOLDSTONE, CALIF..INTO RANGE.

    ORBITER 3 TAKES ITS PICTURES AS IT PASSES OVER THE LUNAR EQUATOR NEAR THE LOW POINT OF ITS 32 BY 1,147-MILE ORBIT. AS THE MOON REVOLVES THE TARGET SITES SHIFT TO THE LEFT ALONG A 200 BY 1,700-MILE EQUATORIAL ZONE CHOSEN FOR FUTURE LANDINGS.

    ORBITERS WAS LAUNCHED FROM CAPE KENNEDY, FLA., FEB. 4 AND ENTERED LUNAR ORBIT FOUR DAYS LATER.

    TWO LUNAR ORBITERS ARE SCHEDULED FOR LATER THIS YEAR. A U.S. SPACE AGENCY SPOKESMAN SAID SELECTION OF THEIR PHOTOGRAPHIC ??? WILL DEFEND ON THE SUCCESS OF THE ???

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8CCLXBHDYCWDQKALUJCVV3SU7
    Media URN:
    VLVA8CCLXBHDYCWDQKALUJCVV3SU7
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/02/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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