From launch to landing - Alan Shepard - the first American in space.
Unissued / Unused material -
Cape Canaveral, Florida, United States of America (USA).
Three LSs Destroyer cruising off Cape Canaveral. GV Aerial shot of the aircraft carrier "Lake Champlain". MS Pan up the Redstone rocket, which is being prepared for the flight. LS Tanker carrying liquid oxygen backing towards the rocket - night shot. Various shots of liquid oxygen being pumped from the tanker to the rocket. MS of the transport vehicle which carries Astronaut Alan B Shepard to the rocket. MS Shepard alighting from the van and looking up. GV Redstone rocket on launching pad. MS Shepard walking towards and getting into elevator, pan with the elevator as it takes him to the top of the rocket. GV Rocket on the launching pad, NASA and Macdonald Douglas technicians in foreground. GV The top half of the rocket surrounded by the towers. Various shots of technicians preparing the Mercury capsule (Freedom 7), and of Shepard being helped into the capsule. Various CUs of television and cine-cameras all fitted with telescopic lens. GV of the stand where reporters are sitting with cameras behind them. Various CUs reporters. MS Batch of television screens, all showing picture of the rocket. High angle GV of the rocket on the launching pad, with the servicing towers removed, at 18 the rocket fires and begins to ascend. GV of the rocket on launching pad, pan with it as it is fired and climbs slowly, the pan continues until the rocket vanishes from sight. MS US soldiers in army truck some distance away from launching pad, as the rocket is launched they urge it on. LS of the nose-cone descending. A/Vs of the aircraft carrier "USS Lake Champlain" at sea. Flight deck of the "Lake Champlain" showing planes and personnel standing around. CU American soldier. LS Two US Marine helicopters take off from the "Lake Champlain". CU One of the helicopter pilots. LS as one of the helicopters lifts the nose-cone from the water. CU Two US servicemen looking through binoculars. LS Shepard being hauled towards helicopter from the capsule. CU Telescopic lens fitted to camera. Various shots of the helicopter lowering the capsule onto the flight deck of the aircraft carrier. LS Pan with Shepard as he walks from helicopter across the deck towards capsule. MS Shepard talking to naval officers. VS Shepard inspecting the capsule. GV Crowds standing around the capsule on the flight deck. CU Shepard going towards aircraft. MS Pan with naval transport plane as it takes off from the carrier. LS Pan with US transport plane landing. Various shots of doctors and technicians descending from plane and walking across airport. LS to MS Pan with aircraft carrying Shepard as it lands. MS of the aircraft taxiing to a standstill. CU to MS back view, pan with Shepard as he walks away from aircraft. CU Shepard seated in car. Medium travelling shot from car of Shepard's car along road. MS Pan with Shepard as he leaves the car and enters building. MS Pan with two cooks carrying large meal into the building.
(F.G.) Old record suggests material may date from around 08/05/1961.