• Short Summary

    TO MEET THE GROWING INTEREST IN JAPAN IN THE EXPLORATION OF SPACE, ONE TOKYO FIRM HAS STARTED MAKING PLASTIC SCALE MODELS OF THE MOON, BASED ON THE DATA GATHERED BY THE UNITED STATES AND SOVIET MOON PROBES.

  • Description

    TO MEET THE GROWING INTEREST IN JAPAN IN THE EXPLORATION OF SPACE, ONE TOKYO FIRM HAS STARTED MAKING PLASTIC SCALE MODELS OF THE MOON, BASED ON THE DATA GATHERED BY THE UNITED STATES AND SOVIET MOON PROBES.

    THESE LUNAR GLOBES ARE JUST LIKE THE GLOBES OF THE EARTH USED IN SCHOOLS ALL OVER THE WORLD. THEY ARE MARKED WITH ALL THE KNOWN NAMES OF THE MOON'S CRATERS, SEAS AND MOUNTAINS.

    ONCE THE BASIC MOULD IS MADE THEIR PRODUCTION IS SIMPLE - THE HALVES ARE PRESSED OUT ONE BY ONE. THEN WOMEN WORKERS SPRAY THE HALVES GREY, AND FIT THEM TOGETHER TO MAKE COMPLETE GLOBES. THE FACTORY SET OUT TO MAKE FIVE THOUSAND GLOBES FOR SALE IN JAPAN - BUT NOW THEY'VE GOT ORDERS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD. THE LUNAR GLOBES COST GBP5 EACH.

    THE INTEREST OF THE YOUNG JAPANESE IN SPACE IS BEING CAREFULLY FOSTERED. LAST YEAR THE PRIMARY SCHOOLS STARTED SPECIAL COURSES TO TEACH THE 9-12-YEAR-OLDS ABOUT SPACE. AND, OF COURSE, MANY OF THE LUNAR GLOBES ARE BEING USED IN SCHOOLS TO ASSIST IN THIS TEACHING.

    BUT THE GLOBES ARE ALSO ON SALE IN JAPANESE TOYS SHOPS BESIDE A LARGE VARIETY OF INGENIOUS SPACE TOYS. JAPANESE CHILDREN EVIDENTLY DON'T THINK OF THE MOON AND PLANETS AS JUST SOMETHING THEY LEARN ABOUT IN SCHOOL. CERTAINLY SOME OF THE TOYS ARE ACCURATE MODELS OF ROCKETS; OTHERS ARE INSPIRED BY SCIENCE FICTION.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADEP655G2GM8ZJJ4Y35D4AHX8W
    Media URN:
    VLVADEP655G2GM8ZJJ4Y35D4AHX8W
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/02/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:36:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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