This color film produced by NASA, an Aeronautics and Space Report has 3 segments. The first is about Apollo 9 just before its launch on March 3, 1969 (:32). A ticker tape parade is held in New York for the astronauts of Apollo 8, William Anders, Jim Lovell, and Frank Borman (:40-:52). These men were in the first manned spacecraft to leave Earth’s orbit, circle the moon, and return safely. The Apollo 9 astronauts are Rusty Schweickart, James McDivitt, and David Scott (:052-1:14). The command pilot, McDivitt, practices flying a lunar landing research vehicle (1: 15-1:28) and speaks to the camera about the upcoming mission (1:29-1:54). An artist’s concept shows some of the mission highlights of how the Command Module and Lunar Module will separate (2:00-2:27). Scott, the Command Module pilot, is shown (2:31-2:50). A Lunar Module simulator provides practice (2:51-3:19). Schweickart is the Lunar Module pilot, who will also walk outside the spacecraft and do space photography (3:20-3:46). The Saturn 5 rocket stands ready for lift-off (3:48-4:12). The three astronauts are shown (4:14-4:24). The second segment is about Mariner Mars 69 (5:07). The spacecraft is the Mariner, the destination is Mars, and the year is 1969. Both Mariner 6 (69A) and Mariner 7 (69B) will be launched February 25, 1969 to take photos of Mars (5:08-5:38). Earlier photos are from the 1964-65 Mariner missions. Pictures will be transmitted to earth and received by giant dishes (5:48-5:56). In addition to television cameras, special sensors on Mariner will penetrate the Martian atmosphere and send back data, shown in an animation (5:57-6:10). Dr. William Pickering, Director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, speaks about the mission (6:12-6:40). The third segment is about Vertical Take-Off Planes (6:55), known as VTOL. How a XV-5B works is explained, and the fans opening and closing in flight are shown (6:57-7:50). The much larger XC-142 was developed from 1956 wind tunnel tests and how its wings provide vertical lift is explained (7:52-8:19). The Hawker P.1127 uses thrust, as explained (8:21-8:46).
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