• Short Summary

    From a pad at Cape Canaveral, USA, Dec 19, an 83-feet tall 'Redstone' rocket roared to an altitude of 135 miles carrying an unmanned space capsule.

    140 seconds after launching, missile and capsule separated.

  • Description

    From a pad at Cape Canaveral, USA, Dec 19, an 83-feet tall 'Redstone' rocket roared to an altitude of 135 miles carrying an unmanned space capsule.

    140 seconds after launching, missile and capsule separated. The capsule re-entered the earth's atmosphere at a speed of 4,200 miles an hour and parachuted into the Atlantic Ocean as planned.

    The capsule was taken from the Ocean by a helicopter about 90 miles north-east of Grand Bahama Island. It was then transferred to an aircraft carrier, from where it was taken back to Cape Canaveral for closer inspection by Dr. Wernher von Braun and other officials concerned with America's 'Man into Space' Mercury Project.

    Seven astronauts training for the first manned space flight were at Cape Canaveral to watch the launching. Two of them chased under the capsule to the impact point in an F-106 fighter aircraft.

    Robert Gilruth, Director of the Mercury programme, said: "The next flight could include a chimpanzee," which is considered a prelude to manned flight, now expected to take place around March 1961.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAB2JL1CZHPRCFKI7CUE5105B72
    Media URN:
    VLVAB2JL1CZHPRCFKI7CUE5105B72
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/12/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:10:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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