Astronauts Frank Borman and James Lovell today (Friday) sped into their final day of man's longest space voyage, in the Gemini-7 capsule.
SV GEMINI-7 IN NEAR GEMINI-6 (SILENT)
SV GEMINI-7 IN FLIGHT IN BOTH DAYLIGHT AND DARKNESS. GEMINI PROJECT MANAGER CHARLES MATTHEWS EXPLAINS SHOTS. (SOF).
LV GEMINI-7 NEAR GEMINI-6 (SILENT)
TRANSCRIPT: MATTHEWS: "Okay, this is a picture of 7 broadside to 6. You see the horizon scanners operating here; this is the mirror on the horizon scanner. This, of course, is one of the doors for the B-47 experiment. You can see the thruster configurations. Yes, these particular....appear to be the....plastic that contains the....charges....mounted in deep-fibre with a plastic cover. This is quite light and looks more like the plastic than anything else. This boom, of course, is part of the magnetometer experiment that extends out the adapter. This spot is probably some ice formation on the water boiler......And it looks like planes flying in formation. (UNINTELLIGIBLE QUESTION). As you can see, the spacecraft 7 is going blunt-end forward. Spacecraft 6 is sort of off the side. (PAUSE). This is a picture at night showing this thermal bank. Again you can see the colour contrast in the shadowed part and the sunlit part. It's typical of space operations....This, of course, is the spiral antenna for the transponder, and now you can see the horizon scanners again. These lines are the drogue and parachute lines..."
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Background: Astronauts Frank Borman and James Lovell today (Friday) sped into their final day of man's longest space voyage, in the Gemini-7 capsule. On the ground, at the Houston space centre in Texas, dramatic film of their historic rendezvous in space with Gemini-6 was shown to newsmen. The pictures ranked in clarity with those of Gemini-4 space-walker Ed White.
In the film, Borman and Lovell's craft is etched sharply against the snowy white of the earth's cloud-cover and the vivid blue sky. Gemini-7 hovered in apparent motionless flight only a few feet from Gemini-6, from which astronauts Walter Schirra and Thomas Stafford were operating their cameras. They filmed a 15-foot (5-metre) strip of material flapping from the base of Gemini-7. It surprised Borman and Lovell when it banged against Lovell's window a few hours after their spacecraft was launched on December 4.
Here's how the Gemini Project manager explained the film to newsmen:--
Meanwhile, Schirra and Stafford arrived at Cape Kennedy as their film was being shown in Houston. The pair flew from the aircraft carrier Wasp, which took them aboard following their one-day trip into a space for the rendezvous.