This is film, shot a few days ago, of preparations at the space tracking station at Carnarvon, in Western Australia, for the launching of the Gemini space project (expected on Wednesday).
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Background: This is film, shot a few days ago, of preparations at the space tracking station at Carnarvon, in Western Australia, for the launching of the Gemini space project (expected on Wednesday).
Carnarvon is the biggest tracking system outside the United States and was built at a cost of GBP750,000, and the equipment cost GBP4,000,000.It became fully operational in July 1964.The Gemini will be the first manned space flight it has handled.About one hundred people will be on duty at the station when the flight takes place.
The material shot here contains the sequences that will be involved during the actual Gemini flight, and the people who will be involved at the Carnarvon tracking station during the flight.
Film shows the United States astronaut, Pete Conrad, who is an observer at the Carnarvon base for the Gemini shot; and seen next to him is the Senior Flight Control officer Dan Hunter, (wearing glasses and striped shirt).
The tracking station's radar had a range of 32,000 miles and an accuracy within two yards.The radar is directed towards the spacecraft by the Acquisition Aid Aerials (twin aerials, diamond shape) which come into operation at Carnarvon as the space craft approaches.
Three doctors are looking after all medical aspects of the two astronauts -- an American Dr.Richard A.Pollard from NASA, and two R.double-A-F officers.A moving graph seen in the film will show the heart beat, respiration and blood pressure of both astronauts.A cardioscope shows heart and respiration functions coming through in visual form.