• Short Summary

    Returned to Cape Canaveral Dec 20 after a pick-up from the Atlantic Ocean, an unmanned space capsule looked little the worse for its 135-mile journey into space the previous day.

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    Returned to Cape Canaveral Dec 20 after a pick-up from the Atlantic Ocean, an unmanned space capsule looked little the worse for its 135-mile journey into space the previous day.

    The same helicopter that plucked the bell-shaped space chamber from the water some 235 miles downrange Dec 19, transferred it to the Cape from the aircraft carrier "Valley Forge" the following day.

    It appeared to have sustained little damage from its successful 16-minute trip aboard a "Redstone" rocket. The white letters "United States" on the side of the capsule were slightly scorched by the 600-degree heat which built up on the surface during its 4,200 mile and hour re-entry into the earth's atmosphere, and one of the three panes of glass on a small side porthole was broken. Otherwise, said officials, it was in excellent condition.

    After a closer inspection by Dr. Wernher von Braun and other officials concerned with America's "Man into Space" Mercury Project, the capsule will be sent to McDonnell Aircraft Corporation, makers of certain equipment to be used by seven American astronauts now in raining for the first manned flight into space. This successful recovery means that the latter should be possible sometime around March 1961.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAD1G5AHQTZN1MQXIZ4I8R3DTMZ
    Media URN:
    VLVAD1G5AHQTZN1MQXIZ4I8R3DTMZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/12/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:27:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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