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This newsreel dates from June 1966. Astronauts Thomas Stafford and Gene Cernan are seen greeting Air Force and NASA personnel after their successful three day, 1,250,000 mile journey into space. Problems with the target docking vehicle, the Agena rocket, became a major headache for the crew and NASA when a protective plastic cover failed to separate from the vehicle. Apparently due to faulty wiring by the ground crew of an explosive charge, the setback forced NASA to cancel the planned docking maneuver altogether. Cernan's space walk (EVA) of 2 hours, 9 minutes was the longest in history to that point. Problems with fogging in his visor prevented use of an Air Force astronaut maneuvering unit. Splashdown for the Gemini 9 crew was less than 2 miles from the Carrier USS Wasp. This newsreel dates from 1964. Standing 16 stories high and weighing in at 562 tons, this Saturn rocket is the heaviest payload ever to be lifted into space. Effectively beating out the largest Soviet payload to date by 6000 pounds. The Saturn is the booster designated to carry the Apollo moon capsule. It's eight engines create a combined thrust of 1.5 million pounds. President Lyndon Johnson can be seen watching the launch intently on television along with the rest of the nation. This flight proved to NASA scientists that liquid hydrogen could be used as a propellant with 33% more efficiency than conventional fuels. This newsreel dates from early 1964. The Ranger 6 spacecraft is seen here shortly before it leaves for its mission to photograph the moon. The six cameras are designed to send back 3000 pictures of the lunar surface as it makes it's way to toward final impact. The previous five Ranger's have all ended in failure meaning $28 million US dollars are riding on this trip of 238,000 miles. With the best take off in Ranger history and a flawless 66 hour flight behind it, this mission would also end in disaster when, during the last 19 minutes of the flight, it failed, when signaled by the ground crew, to take pictures of the Sea of Tranquility.
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This newsreel dates from November 1965. The location is Hammaguir in the Algerian desert and the site of the French space center. France has already had two successful launches but this is the first time both the capsule and booster are all French made. A Diamant rocket will carry the 42 pound A-1 satellite into space. This third successful launch provides France with the assurance the 62 foot, three stage Diamant rocket can be used to deliver both nuclear and intercontinental warheads. With this launch, France became the first nation other than the two superpowers to place its own satellite in orbit. This newsreel dates from the early 1960's. The Boeing QB-47 pilotless multijet bomber is shown here at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. The sheer complexity of the long range bomber's control systems has, until now, prevented its being flown without a pilot. With the radio remote control technology recently developed by Sperry Flight Systems it is now possible for the ground control to take the QB-47 all the way from take off up to the point where a mother plane can take over. This newsreel dates from April 1961. Soviet cosmonaut Major Yuri A. Gagarin is hailed as a hero in his mother country for being the first human to orbit the earth. Gagarin is warmly greeted by President Nikita Kruschev with a Russian bear hug as tens of thousands of well-wishers pour into Red Square. Standing atop Lenin's Tomb, he eagerly receives their accolades.

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