tv Friendship 7 CSPAN January 14, 2017 8:00am-9:01am EST
each week of american history tv that at archival films provide context. john glenn became the first american to orbit the earth. railamerica, 57 minute. -- nasa documentary and the space race. , astronaut and u.s. senator from ohio died on december 8 at the age of 95. 77 year old senator glenn became
>> with the entire world as a witness the countdown begins at cape canaveral, florida. it begins here with these men they are the launch team from now until the end of the flight and it rests principally upon their skills. the countdown is their master plan. they proceed with unhurried deliberation. the timetable of order they must readiness test its and that for one supreme moment --
children. over halfbeen a pilot of his 40 years. he has flown into wars and is a , and theest pilot first man to ever supersonic speed. spaceflighted for and was selected for project mercury, directed by nasa. two teammates have pioneered the , astronaut alan shepard and griffith -- chris and dennis grissom. pushing the program to the threshold of flight. turn.w it is glenn's
entrusted today. centere mercury control in view of the complex, they issue the commands that will come in the course of the mission. will gather the facts needed for the decisions. the entire operation creates tension. the countdownant for flights continue around the world. planes, this day is just beginning.
engineers and scientists will find a telemetry record for x -- exploration. this has been recorded and calibrated. >> roger, thank you. >> latitude is five degrees north. longitude 10 degrees west. often coast of africa and station three weights in the late morning sun for john glenn. operating out of trinidad,
through this to london and then on to america. far to the south east, the ship of the coastal century told the emptiness of the indian ocean. to the east some 500 miles from the coastal country is the network eight station near western australia. around the world from cape canaveral. , when from your 20th
status green. >> north of mexico in the predawn off the west coast the mountaintop station in california weights of the long countdown. what his account? >> the station at corpus christi continues its preparation. >> roger. all systems would you pre-calibrate your preflight systems? far to the north of east --
north and east of corpus christi is the computing and communications center bonded bonded into a working entity to this the space flight center in greenbelt, maryland, have a communications that link the global stations. the computers enable men to reach -- allowing for control of the space craft. throughout the flight, the computers will generate information whether the mission can continue or be aborted. the point at which it will land. these findings will be transmitted immediately to cape canaveral.
what are the thoughts of a man about to make history. glenn is the astronomical, the man who challenged space, but he is just one member of an endeavor that requires the genasense skills of some four thousand other men and women scattered throughout the world. technicians who produce the space vehicle, to the crews now preparing to launch it. the experts who will charge his voice throughout the globe to the sailors at sea to recover
him. testing,ch and planning and training. the purpose of it all is knowledge. effectively the spacecraft can function together in a hostile environment. it will serve as a basis for knowledgen, hard won to all men. sacrifice and dedication and courage. now, just a handful of time calledhe spacecraft crew for the pilot of friendship
and recovery teams and around the world ready themselves. glenn's time has come. history without censorship and adventure of such magnitude. , all theanguages people of the world are witness. to his success or failure. >> t minus 15 minutes and counting. there will be no smoking. stand by for an estimate.
we will remind you to start pre- dock. do you read? over? >> this is friendship seven. >> will you confirm your landing position is off? -- noises atot any this time? >> negative. >> the first hit of potential disaster. astronaut cooper relay the request to staff -- check the status lights for landing.
glenn reports status normal. they are now receiving an indicatingsignal, something has come loose. do still consider yourself good are the next --? roger. confirmed it is a go at the present time. seven, this is california do you read me, over? >> loud and clear. much better now. >> you look real good up there. good show.
we now have a contact and we see corpus christi, texas condition. this is mercury control. >> mercury control canaveral the decision made -- must be made as soon. eastdicates still that field this list. could the signal be erroneous? there is no way to tell. could pierce in an inferno when he plunges back into the atmosphere. the space craft is headed back towards earth. if they were gone after retro , then there straps might hold a shield in place before they burn off.
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