Astronaut John Glenn prepares for space travel, excellent shots of rocket taking off.
Unissued / unused material - dates and locations may be unclear / unknown.
Cape Canaveral, Florida, United States of America / USA
MS Two engineers checking rocket equipment as US Astronaut, Lieutenant-Colonel John Glenn in space suit lies in position he will be in for his flight. CU Controller with earphones. MS and CU Glenn in space helmet in reclining position, possibly testing equipment, he tries out different movements he will have to make during flight. Various shots, technicians making adjustments to attachments on John Glenn's space suit, including a notebook attached to his knees. MS Glenn, on his back in take off position, adjusting wrist attachments.
LS The NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) transfer van driving up, Glenn in space suit gets out (MS), waves and enters building. MS Four space mission controllers in control room. MS Back view, Communications Officer at his desk. (4 shots). MS and CU Space mission personnel seated, possible for a briefing.
LS Ranger rocket on launch pad in distance, man observing with binoculars in foreground. MS Rocket on launch pad. A US Marine Duck stands by on beach. A good shot of a sunset over the sea looking out from beach with the waves rippling in the foreground up the sand.
Various shots, launch tower moving back to reveal rocket on launch pad. (Picture scratched). Good CU capsule on nose of rocket, as it disengages from tower and rocket launches. Beautiful LS of rocket launching (no pan). MS Rocket launching, pan with it as it climbs. LS Rocket taking off from reverse side of launch pad. Various shots, observers, television cameras and enthusiasts as rocket launches. MS A platform with four mounted movie cameras on it, operated by one man, track the rocket's progress as it rises. LS Rocket. LS Rocket just about visible with vapour trail.
Note: Original record states this is a "Ranger" rocket, other sources state Glenn's record first flight was made in an "Atlas rocket".