• Short Summary

    "I DANCED AND SANG MYSELF", SAID THE MAN WHO SPENT FIVE MONTHS IN A SIMULATED SPACE SHIP JOURNEY, ADDING " I FOUND IT RELAXING AND HELPFUL." THESE UNEXPECTED WORDS CAME FROM WHILDEN BREEN JR.

  • Description

    1.
    SV BREEN, WIFE AND OFFICIAL AT TABLE.
    0.03

    2.
    CU BREEN AND WIFE.
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    3.
    CU MRS. BREEN.
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    4.
    CU BREEN SOF BEGINS: "THERE WAS NOTHING PARTICULARLY.... SOF ENDS: "...... WAS MY WIFE."
    0.56

    5.
    CU MRS. BREEN.
    0.58


    THERE WAS NOTHING PARTICULARLY DRAMATIC ABOUT IT, SUCH AS THE WALLS CLOSING IN ON ME, OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT. I JUST GOT PRETTY TIRED OF THINGS, AND FOUND MYSELF GETTING RATHER LAZY. THE RUSSIANS COSMONAUT'S DANCING AND SAYING TO HIMSELF IN ISOLATION - THE CONDITIONING HE HAD RECEIVED PRIOR TO BEING PROJECTED IN TO SPACE. SO, I TRIED IT OUT AND I FOUND OUT IT WAS REAL GOOD FOR RELAXATION; SO I JUST SANG - I'M A LOUSY SINGER - BUT I'D SING AND DO MAD DANCES ALL OVER THE PLACE, AND IT WAS VERY RELAXING AND HELPFUL. THE THING THAT I FOUND I MISSED MOST OF ALL DURING THE FIVE MONTHS MOST DEFINITELY WAS MY WIFE.




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    EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: PROD.2538/63 (13 APRIL 63) ALSO REFERS.)
    NOTE TO EDITORS: PLEASE FADE SOUND ON SHOTS 1-3.

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: "I DANCED AND SANG MYSELF", SAID THE MAN WHO SPENT FIVE MONTHS IN A SIMULATED SPACE SHIP JOURNEY, ADDING " I FOUND IT RELAXING AND HELPFUL." THESE UNEXPECTED WORDS CAME FROM WHILDEN BREEN JR.WHO SPENT FIVE MONTHS ISOLATION IN A 12 FEET SQUARE CHAMBER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND.

    BREEN UNDERWENT THE LONGEST KNOWN SCIENTIFIC STUDY OF A HUMAN BEING IN CONFINEMENT.THE OBJECT OF THE STUDY WAS TO LEARN METHODS BY WHICH FUTURE ASTRONAUTS COULD MAINTAIN THEIR EFFICIENCY AND HEALTH DURING PROLONGED FLIGHTS.A SPOKESMAN FOR THE UNIVERSITY PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT SAID THAT MUCH NEW KNOWLEDGE HAD BEEN GAINED FROM THE EXPERIMENT.

    THE ASTRONAUT SPENT MUCH OF HIS TIME PAINTING AND WRITING A SCIENCE-FICTION STORY ABOUT A MAN IN ISOLATION.HE SAID HE BECAME BORED AND SANG TO HIMSELF - MUCH AS THE RUSSIAN ASTRONAUTS DID.FUTURE SPACEMEN WOULD BE ABLE TO UNDERTAKE JOURNEYS OF FIVE YEARS, SAID THE 36-YEAR-OLD WHILDEN BREEN.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADFPH0JZOK56LMHUDO29OXN4C5
    Media URN:
    VLVADFPH0JZOK56LMHUDO29OXN4C5
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/04/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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