• Short Summary

    CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA, USA

    After a flawless countdown, the space shuttle Discovery blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center on November 8 at the start of its mission to rescue two wayward satellites and place two more in orbit.

  • Description

    NBC
    1. GV & SVs Launch countdown and blast-off of shuttle. (5 SHOTS) 0.29
    2. GV & SVs Shuttle breaking through clouds and releasing rocket stages. (4 SHOTS) 1.12
    NASA
    3. SVs NBC Animation shots of proposed recovery of errant satellites. (10 SHOTS) 1.51
    InitialsASG/JRS

    NOTE TO EDITORS: THIS STORY HAS COMMENTARY BY NBC REPORTER DAN MOLINA, WHICH MAY BE USED IF REQUIRED.
    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA, USA

    After a flawless countdown, the space shuttle Discovery blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center on November 8 at the start of its mission to rescue two wayward satellites and place two more in orbit. Riding on the back of its huge, bullet-shaped external fuel tanks, Discovery rose slowly from the launch pad at 12.15 GMT amid a blanket of billowing smoke, starting its eight-day flight. Violently shifting winds that had prevented lift-off the previous day subsided during the night. Mission Commander Rick Hauck is making his second space flight as are Joseph Allen and Dale Gardener, who are due to walk in space in an attempt to retrieve the errant Palapa and Westar satellites. David Walker, pilot of the 14th shuttle mission, and Anna Fisher, who will operate the robot arm, are both making their first journey into space. On their first day, the crew's main task was to manoeuvre the shuttle into orbit, test the robot arm and start its main experimental programme devised to grow organic crystals in a weightless environment. The second day is to be spend deploying the sixth satellite in a network providing telecommunications across Canada, then repeat the procedure the next day with a satellite designed for use by the US Navy. But the most challenging part of the mission will be the attempt on the fifth and seventh days, to intercept Palapa and Westar, which went into the wrong orbits after being launched last February. Space agency officials are prepared to keep the shuttle aloft for an extra day if necessary in order to complete the mission.

    Source: NATIONAL BROADCASTING COMPANY INCORPORATED (NBC)/NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (NASA)

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEG7LUK0BEQ7SWV3S89DZKBPAZ
    Media URN:
    VLVAEG7LUK0BEQ7SWV3S89DZKBPAZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/11/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:51:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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