Returned to Cape Canaveral Dec 20 after a pick-up from the Atlantic Ocean, an unmanned space capsule looked little the worse for its 135-mile journey into space the previous day.
LV Capsule landed by helicopter
GV Technicians move forward
SV Group round capsule
CV Technician peers through window
MV Technicians make notes
MV Official looks at top of capsule
CU Cracked laminated glass window
LV Crowd around capsule
MV Crowd around missile loaded on truck
SV Missile driven away
GV The National Aeronautics and Space Administration Building
CU N.A.S.A. sign
SV Crowd around capsule
CU Official looks, Pan to insignia 'United States"
SV Official works on removing door
MV Officials look on
SV Door removed
CV INT. of capsule
MV Capsule with group around
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Background: Returned to Cape Canaveral Dec 20 after a pick-up from the Atlantic Ocean, an unmanned space capsule looked little the worse for its 135-mile journey into space the previous day.
The same helicopter that plucked the bell-shaped space chamber from the water some 235 miles downrange Dec 19, transferred it to the Cape from the aircraft carrier "Valley Forge" the following day.
It appeared to have sustained little damage from its successful 16-minute trip aboard a "Redstone" rocket. The white letters "United States" on the side of the capsule were slightly scorched by the 600-degree heat which built up on the surface during its 4,200 mile and hour re-entry into the earth's atmosphere, and one of the three panes of glass on a small side porthole was broken. Otherwise, said officials, it was in excellent condition.
After a closer inspection by Dr. Wernher von Braun and other officials concerned with America's "Man into Space" Mercury Project, the capsule will be sent to McDonnell Aircraft Corporation, makers of certain equipment to be used by seven American astronauts now in raining for the first manned flight into space. This successful recovery means that the latter should be possible sometime around March 1961.