Background to the news that Yuri Gagarin is the first man in space.
First Man in Space.
L/S of the Kremlin. C/U of still photograph of Yuri Gagarin with his family. L/S streets of Moscow. M/S people looking through mirrored telescopes. L/S Russian rocket on the pad. It takes off. L/S of the rocket soaring into the clouds. Animated shots of the rocket completing orbit of the Earth. L/S of rocket on launch pad at Cape Canaveral. M/S four of the 'Mercury' astronauts. L/S of the astronauts and scientists gathered to witness how the nose cone of a rocket would react under the fierce heat it would encounter on it's re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere.
M/S of the 'Mercury' astronauts holding shields to their eyes. M/S the nose cone in chamber. The heat is turned on and flames beat against the nose cone. M/S of man reading temperature. C/U temperature gage showing the temperature to be 500 degrees Fahrenheit. C/U of man in the nose cone. He holds up a glass of water which is boiling. L/S of Moscow street. M/S of people buying newspapers. C/U of President Khrushchev drinking toast.