• Short Summary

    ASTRONAUTS THOMAS STAFFORD AND EUGENE CERNAN TOO A MOVIE CAMERA WITH THEM DURING THEIR SPACE FLIGHT AND RECORDED PART OF THEIR MANOEUVRES WITH THE AGENA TARGET DOCKING ADAPTOR (ATDA) AND DURING THEIR RE-ENTRY INTO THE EARTH ATMOSPHERE.

  • Description


    MANOEUVRES WITH ATDA AND RE-ENTRY (S.O.F.)



    TRANSCRIPT:



    "THIS APPARENTLY LOOKS LIKE SOME FILM THE CREW TOOK SHOWING THE MOON POSSIBLY AND THOSE FLECKS YOU SAW WERE POSSIBLY SOME STAR PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN AT A RELATIVELY HIGH SPEED. VERY SHORTLY YOU'LL SEE THE SPACECRAFT AS IT'S APPROACHING THE ATDA. THE AREA RIGHT DOWN HERE IS THE ALBAN BOOM. YOU'RE NOW LOOKING AT THE FORWARD END- LOOKS LIKE HE'S SLIGHTLY BELOW IT AND OFF TO THE LEFT OF THE ATDA. YOU CAN PICK UP THE APPARENT MOTION WHICH THE ATDA WAS ROLLING ABOUT TWO POINT TWO DEGREES PER SECOND AND WAS RELATIVELY STABLE IN PITCH AND YAW IN THE FILMS WHICH YOU SEE HERE. ITS THE ATDA AGAIN - YOU CAN PICK UP AT THE AFT END OF THE PICTURE, RIGHT HERE THE RCS AREA, IN ADDITION THERE IS A STUB ANTENNA WHICH WE USED DURING THE MISSION. THE ALBAN BOOM ANTENNA AGAIN DOWN AT THE BOTTOM. THIS TIME HERE AGAIN THE ATDA ROLLING AND IT LOOKS LIKE THE FILM HERE WAS TAKEN IN REAL TIME. I BELIEVE COMING UP VERY SHORTLY YOU'LL SEE THE MANOEUVRE WE ATTEMPTED OVER THE STATES TO TRY AND KICK LOOSE THE SHROUD. NOW I SEE WE HAVE RETRO-FIRED AND NOW MOVING IN TO RE-ENTRY. AND THAT POSSIBLY IN THE TOP CORNER OF THE PICTURE COULD BE THE ADAPTOR BURNING UP DURING THE RE-ENTRY. IT'S A RELATIVELY LARGE PIECE, YOU'LL SEE SMALL PIECES FLAKING OFF ALL DURING THE RE-ENTRY AND YOU'LL SEE THE COLOUR CHANGE VERY RAPIDLY AS HE MOVES FURTHER INTO THE ATMOSPHERE. OCCASIONALLY YOU'LL SEE A THRUSTER PULSE FROM THE RCS AREA UP HERE AS HE MAINTAINS HIS ALTITUDE ORIENTATION. YOU CAN SEE THE FLECK POSSIBLY EMULATING FROM THE HEAT-SHIELD OR OTHER IRREGULARITIES FROM THE CONTOUR OF THE SPACECRAFT THAT ARE ACTUALLY BURNING UP DURING THE PROCESS OF RE-ENTRY AND FLAKING OFF. THERE BE A HOT SPOT DEVELOP - I DON'T KNOW WHETHER IT'S A HOT SPOT OF POSSIBLY A REFLECTION THAT WE PICK UP IN THIS AREA RIGHT HERE. SEE THAT SPOT RIGHT THERE IT COMES AND GOES AWAY AGAIN. IT LOOKS ALMOST LIKE A REFLECTION - MORE A REFLECTION THAN A HOT SPOT."




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: ASTRONAUTS THOMAS STAFFORD AND EUGENE CERNAN TOO A MOVIE CAMERA WITH THEM DURING THEIR SPACE FLIGHT AND RECORDED PART OF THEIR MANOEUVRES WITH THE AGENA TARGET DOCKING ADAPTOR (ATDA) AND DURING THEIR RE-ENTRY INTO THE EARTH ATMOSPHERE.

    FILM WAS ALSO EXPECTED AT EUGENE CERNAN'S HISTORIC SPACE WALK BUT THE FILM WAS UNDER EXPOSED AND FILM TECHNICIANS ARE STILL TRYING TO DEVELOP AN IMAGE ON THE FILM.

    THE FILM TAKEN OF THE MANOEUVRES WITH THE ATDA AND DURING RE-ENTRY WAS MORE SUCCESSFUL. THE FILM IS DESCRIBED BY ONE OF THE CAPE KENNEDY SPACE OFFICIALS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAIF7W0ZWIPESEHIVZVIG9YOQD
    Media URN:
    VLVAAIF7W0ZWIPESEHIVZVIG9YOQD
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/06/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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