Retrospective look at the history of space travel. c. 1969
Reel 2. A documentary about the American and Russian space race.
01:29:32 President John F Kennedy and Von Braun visit a rocket base and shake hands with workers.
01:29:45 L/S of Russian space ship carrying the first woman into space. Russian people celebrate the return of three cosmonauts - they wave from the steps of an aircraft. Alexei Leonev is the first man to walk in space - C/U still of Leonev and shots of him on his space walk.
01:30:21 Astronaut in training in United States of America in a strange spinning contraption. Footage of Ed White outside a space craft as it orbits the earth. NASA astronaut leaves a building and looks up at a rocket. L/S of rocket. C/U of unidentified astronaut making a speech in front of some scientific diagrams. He speaks of how difficult he finds "the waiting part."
01:31:11 Montage sequence of astronauts waiting for lift off, controls are flicked and men in the control room look at screens. Silhouette of people waiting for launch. Rocket lifts off.
01:32:02 End 1965 - Gemini programme. Various shots of the craft in space. Gina Target vehicle. Shots of the two craft locking together then spinning out of control. Footage of Agina moving through space and of the link up with Buzz Aldrin demonstrating the agility of an astronaut in space.
01:33:37 Re-entry of capsule into space - footage and graphic animation. L/S of capsule with parachute descending into the sea. Navy helicopter approaches capsule to pick up Aldrin. He jumps into a dingy. L/S of the helicopter approaching an aircraft carrier.
01:34:24 M/S of three astronauts. Gus Grissom, Ed White, Roger Chaffee pose for photographers before their fatal flight. Various shots of the Apollo capsule. C/Us of Newspaper headlines about the death of a Russian astronaut - Vladimir Komarov. "Perhaps the race was being run at too hot a pace" says the voiceover.
01:35:04 Various shots of Saturn 5. Separation of its three sections shown from the inside of the craft and from the exterior.
01:36:35 1969 - Vladimir Shakalov (sp?) approaches a rocket. Lift off. Shots of the successful link up as the cosmonauts switch capsules in earth orbit.
01:37:22 Apollo 10 accomplishes the first link up and transfer of crews in lunar orbit. Shots of the astronauts at work and views of the moon.
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