• Short Summary

    KINSHASA'S NDJILI AIRPORT WAS THE SCENE WEDNESDAY (OCTOBER 22) OF A COLOURFUL AND GAY RECEPTION FOR THE THREE APOLLO II ASTRONAUTS - NEIL ARMSTRONG, MICHAEL COLLINS AND EDWIN ALDRIN - AS THEY ARRIVED FOR A TWO-DAY STAY IN THE ONLY AFRICAN COUNTRY OF THEIR 22-NATION WORLD TOUR.

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    AIRCRAFT ARRIVING; DANCERS; US AMBASSADOR VANCE AND CONGOLESE OFFICIALS RECEPTION; ASTRONAUTS JOINING DANCERS AT FIKIN RECEPTION; ASTRONAUTS AND US AMBASSADOR ARRIVING AT MONT STANLEY; ARMY OFFICERS; PRESIDENT MOBUTU DECORATING ASTRONAUTS; ASTRONAUTS SHOWING GIFT TO PRESIDENT.




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    Background: KINSHASA'S NDJILI AIRPORT WAS THE SCENE WEDNESDAY (OCTOBER 22) OF A COLOURFUL AND GAY RECEPTION FOR THE THREE APOLLO II ASTRONAUTS - NEIL ARMSTRONG, MICHAEL COLLINS AND EDWIN ALDRIN - AS THEY ARRIVED FOR A TWO-DAY STAY IN THE ONLY AFRICAN COUNTRY OF THEIR 22-NATION WORLD TOUR. IN THE EVENING THEY WERE THE GUESTS OF HONOUR AT A BALL; AND, THE FOLLOWING DAY, THEY WERE DECORATED BY PRESIDENT JOSEPH MOBUTU AT THE PRESIDENTIAL PALACE AT MONT STANLEY.

    AT THE AIRPORT, THE ASTRONAUTS AND THEIR WIVES WERE GREETED BY U.S. AMBASSADOR CYRUS VANCE AND BY A DELEGATION OF CONGOLESE OFFICIALS HEADED THE MINISTER FOR THE PRESIDENCY JEAN UMBA DI LUTETE - WHO WAS REPRESENTING PRESIDENT JOSEPH MOBUTU.

    IN THE EVENING THE "MOON BALL" WAS HELD IN THE COMPLEX OF FIKIN - WHICH HOUSES THE KINSHASA INTERNATIONAL FAIR. THERE AFTER WATCHING SPECIAL DEMONSTRATIONS BY THE TRADITIONAL DANCERS AND SINGERS OF BAPENDE AND INTORE, THE ASTRONAUTS JOINED IN THE GENERAL DANCING UNTIL THE EARLY HOURS OF THE MORNING.

    AT 11.30 THE FOLLOWING MORNING, THE U.S. AMBASSADOR ACCOMPANIED THE ARMSTRONGS, COLLINSES AND ALDRINS TO MONT STANLEY, WHERE THEY WERE RECEIVED BY PRESIDENT MOBUTU - WHO AWARDED THE ASTRONAUTS THE ORDER OF THE LEOPARD, CONGO'S HIGHEST HONOUR; WHILE THEIR WIVES RECEIVED THE ORDER OF ZAIRE FOR THE "FORTITUDE SHOWN WHEN THEIR HUSBANDS WERE RUNNING BIG DANGERS."
    THEN, BEFORE BEING THE LUNCHEON GUESTS OF THE PRESIDENT, MICHAEL COLLINS PRESENTED THE CONGOLESE HEAD OF STATE WITH A GIFT COMMEMORATING THEIR EPIC VOYAGE TO THE MOON.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2RZKN7C1L17WJSJLR28L0MQ7A
    Media URN:
    VLVA2RZKN7C1L17WJSJLR28L0MQ7A
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/10/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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