• Short Summary

    FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE HIS RETURN FROM THREE ORBITS AROUND THE EARTH, U.S. ASTRONAUT?

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    SV TO SCU ROBERT GILRUTH INTRODUCES GLENN SEATED AT MIKE.
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    CU GLENN S.O.F.: "ALL 3 1/2 TO 4 MINUTES THAT TIME PERIOD MADE CLOSE OBSERVATION OF THEM. OCCASIONALLY ONE WOULD COME DRIFTING UP BY THE CAPSULE WINDOW VERY CLOSE IN THE SHADE FROM THE SUN....AT THAT TIME THEY WOULD LOOK LIKE VERY SMALL WHITE PARTICLES, AND THEY WOULD VARY IN SIZE, PROBABLY FROM MAYBE PINHEAD SIZE TO SOMETHING SAY ABOUT THREE-EIGHTHS OF AN INCH IN DIAMETER, OF THAT ORDER. THERE ARE NUMEROUS THINGS THAT SOME OF THE PEOPLE ARE THINKING ABOUT AND LOOKING INTO BUT I HAVE NO THEORY MYSELF EXCEPT WE OBSERVED, WE SAW THEM ON ALL THREE ORBITS, ABOUT THE SAME LENGTH OF TIME AT EACH SUNRISE THEY WERE VERY LUMINOUS, A YELLOWISH GREEN COLOUR, AND AS GEORGE RUFF, OUR PSYCHIATRIST LISTENED TO THIS, AND SAID: "WHAT DID THEY SAY, JOHN?" (LAUGHTER)
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    3.
    LV AUDIENCE.
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    CU GLENN S.O.F: "THE STRAPS ON THE RETROPACK BROKE LOOSE AND I FELT A BUMP ON THE CAPSULE AND THOUGHT THAT THE RETRO-PACKAGE HAD JETTISONED AS IT WAS SUPPOSED TO DO BUT APPARENTLY THIS WAS NOT TRUE, BUT I THOUGHT SO AS THE TIME. AS IT WENT ON INTO THE HIGHER HEAT PULSE THEN THIS GLOW ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE CAPSULE, A SORT OF ORANGE GLOW OUTSIDE THE WINDOW, IT BECAME APPARENT THAT SOMETHING WAS TEARING UP ON THE HEAT SHIELD END OF THE CAPSULE, BECAUSE THERE WERE LARGE PIECES - FROM PIECES AS BIG AS THE END OF YOUR FINGER TO PIECES PROBABLY SEVEN OR EIGHT INCHES IN DIAMETER -WERE BREAKING OFF AND FALLING OFF THE EDGE OF THE CAPSULE AND COMING UP BACK PAST THE WINDOW AND WERE FLAMING VERY BRIGHTLY. YOU COULD SEE THE FIRE AND THE GLOW FROM THEM AS THEY WOULD COME BACK UP PAST THE WINDOW. WELL THIS OBVIOUSLY WAS THE RETRO-PACKAGE TEARING UP AND BREAKING OFF, AS WE KNEW IT WOULD, IF IT HAD BEEN RETAINED. I THOUGHT AT THAT TIME, HOWEVER, THAT THE RETRO-PACKAGE HAD ALREADY BEEN JETTISONED, SO THERE WERE SOME MOMENTS OF DOUBT THERE AS TO WHETHER THE HEAT SHIELD HAD BEEN DAMAGED AND WHETHER IT MIGHT BE TEARING UP ITSELF, AND THIS COULD HAVE BEEN A BAD DAY ALL WAY ROUND IF THAT HAD BEEN THE CASE."
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    CU MRS. GLENN.
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    Initials KB/N/WS/BB


    PRODUCTION NUMBER 1109/62 GLENN AND KENNEDY ALSO REFERS.
    LOSS OF QUALITY DUE TO TELERECORDING

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE HIS RETURN FROM THREE ORBITS AROUND THE EARTH, U.S. ASTRONAUT JOHN GLENN TOLD PUBLICLY OF SOME OF HIS SPACE EXPERIENCES AT A PRESS CONFERENCE AT CAPE CANAVERAL, FEBRUARY 23.

    EARLIER IN THE DAY COLONEL GLENN RETURNED FROM THE BAHAMAS TO RECEIVE A TUMULTUOUS RECEPTION FROM THE FLORIDA CROWDS AND A MEDAL FROM PRESIDENT KENNEDY. (1109/62).

    BEFORE ANSWERING QUESTIONS FROM THE PRESSMEN, GLENN SPOKE FOR HALF AN HOUR ABOUT PROJECT MERCURY, DESCRIBING HIS SENSATIONS, ACTIONS AND IMPRESSIONS DURING THE FLIGHT. UNFORESEEN INCIDENTS INCLUDED THE APPEARANCE OF MYSTERY PARTICLES WHICH HE SAW THROUGH THE CAPSULE'S WINDOW EVERY TIME THE SUN ROSE, AND TROUBLE WHICH DEVELOPED WITH THE CAPSULE'S HEAT SHIELD.

    INTRODUCING HIM AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE WAS ROBERT GILBUTH, DIRECTOR OF PROJECT MERCURY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACCN2JULQ2WRM3Z8PTJP50POKL
    Media URN:
    VLVACCN2JULQ2WRM3Z8PTJP50POKL
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/02/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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