• Short Summary

    BRITISH, EUROPEAN AND AMERICAN SCIENTISTS WERE IN GREECE TODAY (FRIDAY) TO STUDY THE RARE ECLIPSE OF THE SUN BY THE SHADOW OF THE MOON.

  • Description

    BRITISH, EUROPEAN AND AMERICAN SCIENTISTS WERE IN GREECE TODAY (FRIDAY) TO STUDY THE RARE ECLIPSE OF THE SUN BY THE SHADOW OF THE MOON. AND, TO HELP THEM IN THEIR STUDIES A NUMBER OF ROCKETS, OF FRENCH AND AMERICAN DESIGNS, WERE LAUNCHED.

    IN ALL, SEVEN ROCKETS WERE LAUNCHED FROM KARYSTOS, TO THE LOWER IONOSPHERE AT HEIGHTS OF BETWEEN 72 AND 80 MILES (125 AND 126 KMS). FRENCH-MADE "CENTAUR" ROCKETS AND "ARKAS" ROCKETS, FROM THE UNITED STATES WERE USED.

    THE ROCKETS WERE LAUNCHED UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE EUROPEAN SPACE RESEARCH ORGANISATION (ESRO). THEY WERE SENT UP TO HELP SCIENTISTS TO STUDY SOLA RADIATION IN THE MEDIUM AND LONG WAVELENGTHS OF ULTRA-VIOLET AND X-RAYS WHICH CANNOT PENETRATE THE EARTH'S ATMOSPHERE. THESE CAN BE OBSERVED ONLY ABOVE A HEIGHT OF ABOUT 70 MILES.

    THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THAT SPACE ROCKETS HAVE BEEN USED IN EUROPE FOR THIS SORT OF INVESTIGATION.

    AT THE SAME TIME, OPTICAL AND RADIO ASTRONOMERS MADE OTHER OBSERVATIONS.

    GREECE'S SKIES WERE TURNED FROM MORNING TO DUSK, AND STARS WERE VISIBLE BY DAY, AS THE SHADOW OF THE MOON MADE IT'S THREE-HOURS PASSAGE ACROSS THE FACE OF THE SUN.

    THE LAST ECLIPSE OF THE SUN OVER GREECE WAS IN 1936. THE NEXT WILL BE IN 1976.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAB1WQL3GX31M0K41FJ6E4XEORE
    Media URN:
    VLVAB1WQL3GX31M0K41FJ6E4XEORE
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/05/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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