• Short Summary

    THE APOLLO 8 ASTRONAUTS, FRANK BORMAN, JAMES LOVELL AND WILLIAM ANDERS, ARE ON THEIR WAY BACK TO EARTH AND THEIR SPACECRAFT WILL SPLASH DOWN IN THE PACIFIC TOMORROW (FRIDAY) NEAR THE ISLAND OF HAWAII.

  • Description

    THE APOLLO 8 ASTRONAUTS, FRANK BORMAN, JAMES LOVELL AND WILLIAM ANDERS, ARE ON THEIR WAY BACK TO EARTH AND THEIR SPACECRAFT WILL SPLASH DOWN IN THE PACIFIC TOMORROW (FRIDAY) NEAR THE ISLAND OF HAWAII. SO FAR THEIR ROUND-THE-MOON FLIGHT HAS BEEN A COMPLETE SUCCESS AND HELPING IN ACHIEVING IT HAVE BEEN THE SATELLITE TRACKING STATIONS SPREAD ACROSS THE WORLD. ONE OF THESE STATIONS, ALL BELONGING TO THE NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (NASA), IS SITUATED IN IMERINTSIATOSIKA, NEAR TANANARIVE, THE CAPITAL OF MALAGASY.

    THE SATELLITE TRACKING STATIONS ARE WIDELY SPREAD THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. DURING THE CURRENT ROUND THE MOON FLIGHT THEY HAVE BEEN HELPING THE ASTRONAUTS TO NAVIGATE AND IN TURN THEY WERE HELPED BY SEVERAL COMPUTERS CALCULATING UP TO A THOUSANDTH OF A SECOND WHAT COURSE THE SATELLITE SHOULD TAKE. THEY ALSO ENABLED THE ASTRONAUTS TO COMMUNICATE WITH EARTH.

    THE MALAGASY TRACKING STATION BELONGS TO THE MANNED SPACE FLIGHT NETWORK. IT RECEIVED, DECODED AND ANALYSED SCIENTIFIC DATA FROM THE SPACESHIP AND THEN FLASHED THE RESULTS TO THE FLIGHT COMMAND CENTRE IN HOUSTON, TEXAS, WHERE FINAL DECISIONS WERE MADE.

    THE THREE MOST IMPORTANT TRACKING STATIONS ARE AT FRESNEDILLAS IN SPAIN, BARSTOW IN CALIFORNIA AND CANBERRA IN AUSTRALIA. THE FRESNEDILLAS STATION IS EQUIPPED WITH AN 85-FOOT (26 METRES) SCANNER USED FOR TRACKING THE SPACECRAFT. THE OTHER STATIONS, INCLUDING THE MALAGASY ONE, ARE EQUIPPED WITH 33-FOOT (10 METRES) SCANNERS. MOBILE UNITS IN PLANES AND SHIPS COMPLETE THE NETWORK.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAA85GWAEN6NHHL1TBSV2QNKQBH
    Media URN:
    VLVAA85GWAEN6NHHL1TBSV2QNKQBH
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/12/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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