America's astronauts are safely down. After nearly seventy-two-and-a-half hours in space Gemini Nine splashed into?
SOF starts: "There it is a brilliant bright orange...
SOF ends:"...directly ahead of the carrier."
ASTRONAUTS TOGETHER: TAPE STARTS
STAFFORD "And here they come..."
CERNAN ENDS:"...a very, very happy Eugene Cernan."
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Background: America's astronauts are safely down. After nearly seventy-two-and-a-half hours in space Gemini Nine splashed into the sea few seconds after three-o'clock this afternoon right on target and only a mile-and-half from the waiting aircraft carrier "Wasp". An American commentator described the start of the recovery operation which went exactly as it had been filmed on rehearsal.
The splash down was watched by viewer all over America from cameras aboard the aircraft carrier as Wasp moved alongside the spacecraft. Naval foremen, dropped from helicopters, fixed a buoyant collar around Gemini to help it stay afloat. It was nearly an hour after splash down before astronauts Thomas Stafford and Eugen Cernan stepped out of the spacecraft aboard the aircraft carrier.