• Short Summary

    TECHNICIANS WERE YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY) CHECKING THE SPACE SUITS OF ASTRONAUTS WALTER SCHIRRA, DON EISELE AND WALTER CUNNINGHAM FOR THE APOLLO SEVEN FLIGHT WHILE THE 220-FOOT (70 M.) HIGH APOLLO AND SATURN-B ROCKET WAS ROLLED OUT FROM ITS CAPE KENNEDY SHED TO THE LAUNCH PAD.

  • Description

    TECHNICIANS WERE YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY) CHECKING THE SPACE SUITS OF ASTRONAUTS WALTER SCHIRRA, DON EISELE AND WALTER CUNNINGHAM FOR THE APOLLO SEVEN FLIGHT WHILE THE 220-FOOT (70 M.) HIGH APOLLO AND SATURN-B ROCKET WAS ROLLED OUT FROM ITS CAPE KENNEDY SHED TO THE LAUNCH PAD. THE APOLLO SEVEN LAUNCH IS SCHEDULED FOR TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

    THE ASTRONAUTS WERE ALSO GIVEN PRE-FLIGHT BRIEFINGS TO PREPARE THEM FOR TOMORROW'S LAUNCH.

    DURING THE 11-DAY TRIP OF THE APOLLO SEVEN CRAFT, THE ASTRONAUTS WILL COVER 4,500,000 MILES (7,200,000 KMS) AND TRAVEL AROUND THE WORLD 162 TIMES. THE FLIGHT IS A PRELUDE TO A FUTURE MOON LANDING.

    THE MASSIVE SATURN FIVE ROCKET, WHICH WILL PLACE THE APOLLO SEVEN CAPSULE IN ITS ORBIT, BEGAN ITS JOURNEY FROM THE VEHICLE ASSEMBLY BUILDING TO THE LAUNCH PAD YESTERDAY. THE ROCKET AND ITS MOBILE LAUNCHER WITH A COMBINED WEIGHT OF MORE THAN 12 MILLION POUNDS (ABOUT 5,360 TONS) WAS TOWED BY A HUGE TRANSPORTER AT AN AVERAGE SPEED OF HALF A MILE (800 METRES) AN HOUR FOR THE THREE-AND-A-HALF MILE (FIVE-AND-A-HALF KMS.) TRIP.

    IN ADDITION TO THEIR BRIEFINGS, THE THREE ASTRONAUTS FOUND TIME TO RELAX AND SIGN AUTOGRAPHS.

    IT WAS ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT NAVY CAPTAIN WALTER SCHIRRA, 45, COMMAND PILOT FOR THE TRIP AND POTENTIALLY THE FIRST MAN IN HISTORY TO MAKE THREE SPACE FLIGHTS, WILL BE MAKING HIS FINAL SPACE FLIGHT TOMORROW.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9EUUB9AZ580V2SNMCCKDRKTDB
    Media URN:
    VLVA9EUUB9AZ580V2SNMCCKDRKTDB
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/10/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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