• Short Summary

    AMERICA'S "SURVEYOR" CRAFT TODAY (THURSDAY) MADE A SUCCESSFUL SOFT LANDING ON THE MOON. MILLIONS OF?

  • Description

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    TGV. INT...OF CONTROL CENTRE (PASADENA)
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    SCU. DR. ALBERT HIBBS CONTROLLER
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    SV. COUNT DOWN FROM 23 SECONDS TO IMPACT VOICE ANNOUNCES SUCCESSFUL LANDING AT 19 FT 31 SECONDS. TECHNICIANS APPLAUD AND CONGRATULATE EACH OTHER
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    SV. TECHNICIAN AT MONITOR SCREEN, VOICE "PICTURE COMES THROUGH"
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    CU. FIRST PICTURE
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    CU. VOICE ANNOUNCES SECOND PICTURE
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    Background: AMERICA'S "SURVEYOR" CRAFT TODAY (THURSDAY) MADE A SUCCESSFUL SOFT LANDING ON THE MOON. MILLIONS OF TELEVISION VIEWERS IN THE UNITED STATES, AND IN WESTERN EUROPE AND BRITAIN, SAW PICTURES OF THE SURFACE FLASHED BACK WITHIN 40 MINUTES OF THE LUNAR LANDING. THE PICTURES AND EARLIER SCENES OF JUBILATION AT THE CONTROL HEADQUARTERS AT PASADENA IN CALIFORNIA, WERE BEAMED LIVE VIA THE EARLY BIRD SATELLITE TO LONDON AND THEN TO 23 TELEVISION NETWORKS THROUGHOUT EUROPE. THEY CLEARLY SHOWED SECTIONS OF THE SURVEYOR CRAFT WITH THE MOTTLED AND FURROWED SURFACE OF THE MOON BEHIND.

    EXPERTS IN LONDON DESCRIBED THE PICTURES AS "REMARKABLE" AND "A MAGNIFICENT ACHIEVEMENT" AND SAID THEY SHOWED SIMILAR FEATURES TO THOSE RELAYED BY THE SOVIET LUNA NINE PROBE IN FEBRUARY.

    THE UNITED STATES' FIRST SHOT AT A SOFT MOON LANDING CAME DOWN WITHIN TEN MILES (16 KMS) OF ITS SCHEDULED IMPACT AREA IN THE OCEAN OF STORMS -- POSSIBLY THE MOST LIKELY LANDING PLACE FOR THE FIRST AMERICAN LUNAR EXPLORERS.

    THE AMERICAN ATTEMPT HAD BEEN GIVEN ONE CHANCE IN FOUR OF SUCCESS. THE RUSSIANS MADE THEIR FIRST LANDING WITH LUNAR NINE AFTER AT LEAST FIVE FAILURES.

    OFFICIALS AT THE PASADENA CONTROL CENTRE SAID THE MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR CRAFT WAS LIKELY TO HAVE 14 DAYS OF LIFE.

    THREE MINUTES BEFORE TOUCH-DOWN ITS MAIN BRAKING ROCKET WAS FIRED BY RADAR ON BOARD THE CRAFT WHEN IT WAS ONLY 52 MILES (84 KMS) ABOVE THE MOON. THIS CUT ITS SPEED DOWN FROM NEARLY 6,000 MILES AN HOUR (ABOUT 9,600 KMS) TO 250 MILES AN HOUR (400 KMS) IN JUST 40 SECONDS. THREE SMALLER ROCKETS CHOPPED THE FALL RATE TO THREE MILES AN HOUR (FIVE KMS) AND SURVEYOR FELL FREE THE LAST FEW FEET -- LIKE A MAN LANDING BY PARACHUTE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEJ0SP19YFDJ5U0XCXQFSKJF02
    Media URN:
    VLVAEJ0SP19YFDJ5U0XCXQFSKJF02
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/06/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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