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    AMERICA'S FIRST GEMINI ASTRONAUTS - VIRGIL GRISSOM AND JOHN YOUNG - WERE LANDED SAFE AND WELL ON BOARD AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER TODAY (TUESDAY) AFTER THEIR THREE-ORBIT FLIGHT AROUND THE WORLD.

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    AMERICA'S FIRST GEMINI ASTRONAUTS - VIRGIL GRISSOM AND JOHN YOUNG - WERE LANDED SAFE AND WELL ON BOARD AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER TODAY (TUESDAY) AFTER THEIR THREE-ORBIT FLIGHT AROUND THE WORLD.

    AFTER A BREAKFAST OF STEAK AND EGGS, THE ASTRONAUTS WERE HELPED INTO THEIR SPACE SUITS, AND THEN WALKED TO CAPE KENNEDY'S PAD 19, WHERE THEIR GEMINI CAPSULE WAS HAVING ITS FINAL CHECK-OUT. THE TWO ASTRONAUTS CLIMBED ABOARD AND WERE SEALED INTO THEIR BELL-SHAPED GEMINI CAPSULE ATOP OF THE MASSIVE TITAN II ROCKET. THEY HAD TWO HOURS TO WAIT BEFORE LIFT-OFF.

    THEN CAME THE COUNT DOWN. THE CRITICAL SECONDS FOR THE TWO MEN AND THE WHOLE MOON PROJECT...LIFT-OFF WAS PERFECT, WITH THE 90 FEET-HIGH TITAN ROCKET PUTTING THE SPACESHIP "MOLLY BROWN" INTO ORBIT OVER BERMUDA AT A HEIGHT OF 104 MILES (168 KILOMETRES).

    THEIR FLIGHT WAS OFFICIALLY ESTIMATED TO HAVE LASTED FOR FOUR HOURS 54 MINUTES. THEY SPLASHED DOWN OFF GRAND TURK ISLAND IN THE BAHAMAS -- SOME 60 TO 65 MILES (100 TO 110 KILOMETRES) FROM THE LANDING TARGET. A RESCUE AIRCRAFT WAS OVER THE CAPSULE WITHIN MINUTES. FROGMEN WERE DROPPED TO ATTACH A FLOTATION COLLAR TO THE DOBBING SILVER SPACE SHIP. GRISSOM AND YOUNG REPORTED THEY WERE IN GOOD CONDITION AS THEY WAITED FOR PICK-UP. AN HOUR AFTER SPLASH-DOWN THEY WERE LANDED ON THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER "INTREPID", AND IMMEDIATELY BEGAN DE-BRIEFING AND FULL MEDICAL EXAMINATIONS.

    THE HIGHLIGHT OF THEIR FLIGHT WAS WHEN GRISSOM MANUALLY CHANGED THEIR ORBIT THREE TIMES BY FIRING THRUSTER ROCKETS AN ESSENTIAL DEVELOPMENT FOR LATER PLANS TO JOIN TWO CRAFT IN SPACE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADOAN990TA0BTIHG4538BYLMZY
    Media URN:
    VLVADOAN990TA0BTIHG4538BYLMZY
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/03/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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