• Short Summary

    THE GEMINI 9 SPACE FLIGHT DUE TO BLAST OFF FROM CAPE KENNEDY YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) HAS BEEN DELAYED FOR THREE WEEKS BECAUSE AN AGENA TARGET SATELLITE FAILED TO GO INTO ORBIT.

  • Description

    THE GEMINI 9 SPACE FLIGHT DUE TO BLAST OFF FROM CAPE KENNEDY YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) HAS BEEN DELAYED FOR THREE WEEKS BECAUSE AN AGENA TARGET SATELLITE FAILED TO GO INTO ORBIT.

    THE TWO ASTRONAUTS TAKING PART IN AMERICA'S MOST COMPLEX SPACE MISSION SO FAR ARE LIEUTENANT COLONEL THOMAS STAFFORD AND LIEUTENANT COMMANDER EUGENE CERNAN. THEY WALKED TO THE GEMINI LAUNCH TOWER CARRYING THEIR PORTABLE AIR CONDITIONING KITS, AND WERE BEING HELPED INTO THE SPACE CRAFT AS THE AGENA BLASTED OFF.

    IT LOOKED LIE A PERFECT LAUNCH. BUT A FEW MINUTES LATER THE ATLAS ROCKET AND AGENA TARGET SATELLITE WENT TUMBLING INTO THE SEA. THE COUNTDOWN WAS STOPPED AND STAFFORD AND CERNAN LEFT THE SPACE CRAFT TO RETURN TO THEIR TRAINING QUARTERS.

    IT WAS THE THIRD TIME LT. COL. STAFFORD FACED THE DISAPPOINTMENT OF A LAST MINUTE STOP IN A LAUNCH. THE FIRST TIME IT WAS ALSO AN AGENA FAILURE THAT STOPPED THE MISSION, AND THE SECOND TIME A TITAN ROCKET FAILED TO IGNITE.

    ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT TASKS SET FOR THE ASTRONAUTS WAS A SERIES OF SPACE DOCKINGS WITH THE AGENA. DURING THE THREE-DAY FLIGHT THE GEMINI CAPSULE WOULD HAVE ATTEMPTED COMPLICATED DOCKING AND RE-DOCKING WITH THE AGENA ALMOST TWO HUNDRED MILES (325 KILOMETRES) ABOVE THE EARTH. LT. CDR. CERNAN WOULD ALSO HAVE LEFT THE CAPSULE ON A TWO-AND-A-HALF HOUR SPACE WALK.

    NOW A SMALLER SATELLITE IS BEING PREPARED FOR THE NEXT GEMINI 9 LAUNCH ATTEMPT IN THREE WEEKS' TIME. THE STAND-IN IS LESS SOPHISTICATED THAN THE AGENA AND WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH ALL THE SPACE EXPERIMENTS PLANNED FOR YESTERDAY'S UNSUCCESSFUL FLIGHT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9NTC7GZ9PF8UKTAMKWIY0KT3D
    Media URN:
    VLVA9NTC7GZ9PF8UKTAMKWIY0KT3D
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/05/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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