President John F Kennedy pays tribute to astronaut Alan B Shepard. America.
Unissued / Unused material.
Title - 'The triumph of space hero Alan Shepard. President leads free world's salute'.
Washington DC, United States of America (USA).
MS astronaut Alan B Shepard descending from transport vehicle and looking upwards. MS Redstone rocket on launching pad. MS Shepard getting into elevator, pan with it as it takes him to the top of the rocket. MS top half of the rocket surrounded by the towers. MS Shepard entering the capsule. MS diagram depicting the capsule in flight. CU still of Shepard in the Capsule during the flight. CU of Shepard in the capsule during the flight talking to ground control, natural sound of him receiving his instructions and giving all the information about the flight. CU Shepard in the capsule during the flight talking to ground control, periscope comes down and enables Shepard to see the earth beneath him. A diagram depicts the capsule in flight and descending with the aid of parachute. CU Shepard in capsule he starts to undo his helmet.
MS's Alan Shepard and his wife, Mrs Jacqueline Kennedy, President John F Kennedy and Vice-President Lyndon Johnson on lawn of White House posing for press. Various shots of them on porch of White House. Mr Kennedy invites Shepard to speak in front of microphones (natural sound). MS President Kennedy pinning decoration to Shepard's lapel with some difficulty, this causes much laughter among the group which includes Kennedy, Shepard, Mrs Shepard, Mrs Kennedy and Shepard's mother and father. Pan with Shepard and his wife sat on back of car as they drive towards Capitol along crowd lined route - pan to Capitol building. Various shots of the news conference given for Shepard. CU Mrs Shepard, his mother and father and other relatives seated. LS pan along line of the other astronauts sat beside Shepard. CU Shepard saying he didn't have any bad moments at all on the flight. LS of the news conference. CU Shepard.
Cataloguer's note: American commentary.