• Short Summary

    Scientist will observe Saturday's (20 July) solar eclipse from the cabin of a high-flying jet airliner.

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    CU Front shot of plane "Delta"
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    Two men installing equipment - interior of plane
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    Interior CU - Man putting camera into position
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    CU Camera being locked into place
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    Interior CU Fixing position of camera from outside of plane
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    Plane in air
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    Animation - Map and plane crossing route during eclipse
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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Scientist will observe Saturday's (20 July) solar eclipse from the cabin of a high-flying jet airliner.A Douglas DC-8, belonging to Delta Airlines, has been converted into a laboratory.Seats on the right side of the aircraft have been removed, and a special floor installed, which holds spectroscopes, cameras and telescope.Thirty scientists will use these instruments to observe the eclipse while flying at 42,000 feet over northern Canada.

    The aircraft will fly along the path the moon's shadow casts on the ground.Over northern Canada's Great Slave Lake area, the racing shadow will catch up to the plane, which will then fly in that shadow.

    The period of totality -- when the sun is completely obscured by the moon -- will last 100 seconds for an observer on the ground.The scientists in the aircraft, however, will experience totality for 144 seconds as they pursue the shadow of the moon acrose Canada.In addition, the 42,000 foot altitude of the flight will allow the observation to be carried out above much of the earth's atmosphere.

    The expedition is sponsored by the National Geographic Society, Douglas Aircraft Corporation, and eleven other organization.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA3DVBIIYNEV8C0EG9J9S6LXD1
    Media URN:
    VLVAA3DVBIIYNEV8C0EG9J9S6LXD1
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/07/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:44:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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