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Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - June 3, 1965, Mason City, Iowa Th e newspa per that makes all North I o wa n s n c i g h bo rs Home Edition VOL 10S MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY JUNE 3 IMS UOo a Paper Consists of Two Associated Preu run O n Gemini twins start mission White takes stroll into space Rendezvous is abandoned CAPE KENNEDY Fla Astronaut Edward White climbed outside his spaceship on its third orbit Thursday be coming the second human to walk in space Pressure of time delayed his feat one orbit White entered the cold black vacuum clad in a space suit to equal the accomplish ment two months ago of Russian Alcxei Leonov White and his command pilot James McDivitt abandoned all plans to rendezvous with the burnedout second stage of their Titan booster rocket Shortly before the big mo ment of the scheduled fourday emergence into on the end of a 25foot astronauts reported they were too far behind sched ule in their preparations do it next time around McDivitt told the Ha waii ground station more than 100 miles below the orbiting Gemini4 spaceship Thats okay with us replied Christopher Kraft Jr mission director at Houston Earlier McDivitt failed to approach close enough to the orbiting second stage for a ren dezvous maneuver With half the fuel for this job used up he admitted we just cant close in on it The tumbling rocket stage then was three to four miles away and Kraft ordered McDiv itt to scrub that mission Despite the disappointments it remained a thrilling flight for President Johnson the families of the astronauts and millions of other Americans who sat with eyes glued to television screens As the rocket thundered off the pad at Cape Kennedy at am CDT Johnson com mented Our prayers will be with them until they return He watched solemnly the first 10 minutes of the flight Awestruck by the sight of the mighty Titans thrust into the skies astronaut McDivitts wife said This seems almost un real Im thrilled to death ex claimed Mrs White the other astronauts wife Its a mo ment weve been waiting for The first word from the astro nauts as their ship hurtled into a perfect orbital path was beautiful beautiful The astronauts still felt fine and were in good spirits The first lustre was rubbed off the dazzling flight when McDiv itt reported that he was using an excessive amount of fuel in his attempt to catch up with the rocket stage McDivitt and White originally planned to approach within 25 feet the orbiting booster and White was to emerge and move close to it The possibility that he would actually put his hand on it was ruled out early in the mission when it was learned that it was tumbling excessively and thus was a possible threat to White McDivitt used 50 per cent of his fuel in maneuvering toward the Titan stage but said he still was three to four miles away and we just cant close on it 2 ambushed in Bogalusa BOGALUSA La UP A Negro deputy sheriff was killed and another wounded when gunfire from a pickup truck riddled their patrol car on a lonely road near this racially tense mill town Wednesday night An hour later the town marshal at Tylertown Miss who heard of the shooting by police radio stopped a 1954 pickup truck with a Confederate flag tag on its front bumper The trucks while occupant Ernis R McElveen 41 pos two pistols one of which officers said had been Senate to work fast on tax cut WASHINGTON AP Presi dent Johnsons excisetax cut roared through the House by a 4016 vote and the Senate doesnt plan to stand in its way In fact the Senate is clearing the track for the bill that would lower prices on autos air condi tioners cameras watches and a lot of other items The Finance Committee is putting aside the healthcare bill to take up the excise bill beginning Tuesday Only one witness will be called Secretary of the Treasury Henry H Fowl er The commiltee members agreed informally to keep the excise legislation winging along by not trying to add extraneous amendments The House cleared the bill Wednesday after adding about million in cuts to those Johnson proposed The House used only about two of the four hours allotted for debate on the measure Senators like House mem bers have been declaiming for years against the excises which date from the depression World War II or the Korean War The bill also would end the levy on local and longdistance tele phone service and the admis sions tax on tickets to movies plays musicals concerts and athletic events costing or more Okay school bond issue CEDAR RAPIDS W Cedar Rapids voters gave better tfian 72 per cent majority approval Wednesday for a million bond issue for a new senior high school on the northeast side The project is intended to re licve the load on two other city high schools Washington and Jefferson The proposal carried 10374 to 3980 The school is for from 1500 to 1600 students recently fired Louisiana authorities booked McElveen a 6footl papermill employe on charges of murder He refused to waive extradition 1 Federal and state authorities convinced that several persons were involved in the shooting of Washington Parishs first two Negro deputies began an inten sive investigation FBI agents joined the proTJe Deputy ONeal Moore a lead er in his Baptist church choir was killed by a highpowered rifle bullet that ripped through his head His partner Deputy Creed Rogers was struck in the shoulder by buckshot The shooting sent a shiver of apprehension through this town in southeast Louisiana about 60 miles north of New Orleans Bogalusas racial difficulties began several months ago when Negroes began demanding equal job opportunities and de segregation of public facilities They have picketed downtown stores almost daily and made several marches on City Hall These demonstrations have Save the fuel Were more concerned about the lifetime of the mission than closing with that booster Lets scrub it The Gemini4 carried enough fuel to make maneuvers totaling 245 miles In his vain attempts to catch the booster during the first orbit McDivitt used up 109 miles of this capability The failure to rendezvous with the booster indicated that more work needs to be done before US attempts to hook up satel lites in maneuvers planned on Gemini flights late this year if sparked sporadic street fights McElveens arrest brought to 50 the number of persons ar rested in connection with racial strife here since last weekend Rogers was listed in not cri tical condition at a Bogalusa hospital Rewrite bill on extension of sales tax DES MOINES AP Senate voted 479 Thursday to extend the state two per cent sales tax to room rents but re fused to extend it to other serv ices As passed by Ihe House the bill would extend Ihc tax to ho tel motel trailer courts and similar rentals as well as to barber beauty shop lavuftlry and dry cleaning services The wrote JAMES A McDIVITT LEFT AND EDWARD H WHITE PREPARE FOR TAKEOFF Astronaut steps into a strange new Photo fax EDWARD WHITE Senate the bill completely to tax only re the Clear Lake room and trailer court rentals and these only if they are rent ed for periods of 31 days or less The House version was esti mated to produce an additional million a year The Senate bill was estimaled lo add 000 a year to state revenue Before passing the bill the Senate rejected 3224 a biparti san amendment which would have raised the sales and use tax from the present two per cent to three per cent Esti mates were that this would bring in an additional mil lion a year which backers of the By JOHN BARBOUR AP Science Writer CAPE KENNEDY Fla AP Cold and black the empty reaches of space offer no real Society news 1415 Editorials North Iowa new lieve properly taxes The Senate also passed 458 a bill approved earlier by the 181 increase the stale in hentance tax mainly by lower ling the brackets by which the Classified pages graduated tax is ap CubGazette plied Beautiful Beautiful HOUSTON Tex ful Beautiful These were the first words from astronauts James A Mc Divitt and Edward II White seconds after they roared from the launching pad at Cape Ken nedy McDivitt asked the mission control center at Houston How do we look Christopher C Kraft mission director replied Everything looks fine here Jim Gus Grissom taciturn com mand pilot on Ihc first manned Gemini launch March 23 is main capsule communicator He talked almost as much in the three minutes of the flight Thursday as during his three orbits Grissom told the astronauts Everythinglooks great Jim as the spacecraft neared the African east coast Everything looks as gooc here as it docs there repliec McDivitt the command pilot who will do most of the talking the spaceship notion of distance save for the numberless stars The sun like the heart of the flame from a welders torch glares with a blinding searing white light Closer is the lonely quarter moon soft and small This is the strange new world of Edward Higgins White II American astronaut age 34 father of two children a would be human planet in orbit around the earth It is a world of fantastic di mension and unreal sensation It is as if you had leaped into the air and never really came down again lost in a perpetual fall around the earth Ahead of the spacecraft on a golden tether you plummet to jethcr at some 17500 miles per lour and yet you feel not so much as a breath of breeze for there is no air The sun stands out in the blackness as a great light bulb that seemingly spreads no light t is only when the suns rays strike a surface that the radia tion is seen There is no air to buffet and spread the light Below you see the earths blanket of air glowing with the suns light splitting the white light into the splatter of color as the world of men know it You feel the full brunt of the suns radiation You turn to ward the sun and feel the imme diate slap of heat at your face as the rays come through your visor And you are thankful too that the visor is filtered to pro tect your eyes from the crue light Behind you gleaming on its unside is the spacecraft and four command pilot keeping a careful eye on your movements And you know that the sunside f the craft is hot some 200 de grees fahrenheit and the shade ide is perhaps 200 degrees be ow zero And that is probably also the emperature variation of your suit exterior if you merely stood here and didnt move The earth stretches out like browns Imost ome hazy plain painted in and golds and purples like colors you hadnt ecn before And perhaps hrough the haze you see the ong peninsula of Florida tretching into the blue Atlantic But it is a free and wonderful eeling and you have an un happy thought that you must be an awkward creature in this clean stark world of circular movements The space gun in your hand spits out a small jet North Iowa Weather outlook Mostly cloudy through Fri day with occasional showers and thunderstorms affecting about 30 per cent of the area Lows Thursday night in the 50s High Friday in mid 70s Weather Details on Page 2 SAME of oxygen and propels you side o side to and fro and it is a ine way to get around a beau iful toy in this daydream sort of world Ahead of you too is the booster rocket that brought you 0 this ends jagged and burned by the blast of flame and explosion It tumbles slowly n an unreal way like a patrol mans twirling nightstick in slow motion You rememDer to take care and not pull too hard on your tether line because in this weightless arena you know the only laws that hold are that any action has its equal and opposite reaction Strike an object to send it reeling and you send yourself reeling as well If you didnt have a helmet on and you coughed it would back you up It is a tentative world where everything is in motion and motion is the only thing for ure And you keep an eye from ime to time on the spacecraft for it is your only reality your only measure of up or down And even though you arc mere man a lean 6footer who weighs some 170 pounds your tug on the tether line can move more than 7500 pounds of mon ster spacecraft Then suddenly he 32minute visit in space is over and voices on your headset tell you to come back to your cockpit and you have to obey Perhaps it is then you notice the spacecraft from your lonely post for the las time and remember the word of the first human to float like this a Soviet named Alexci Leo nov He looked at his spacccraf too with unworldly eyes It was he said for him a planet lonely planet on a shoreles ocean V Spacemens background is similar HOUSTON Tex W James McDivitt and Edward White arent really the twin stars of Gemini just fill the role better than any one else Although the reference to the stars was made jokingly White was to be an earth satellite for the time he is out of his space craft floating through space al 17500 miles per hour about 120 miles above ground The maneuver must be exe cuted with splitsecond preci sion A miscalculation by eithe man could end in tragedy But unlike most of the astro nauts the two Air Force ma jors lives have been similar to the extent that some compari sons are eerie Both of their wives are named Patricia Each major has a daughter whose middle name is Lynn McDivitt and White first met at the University of Michigan in 1957 and except for a few months in 1960 have been to gether ever since I know Jim so well I almost can tell what hes thinking be fore he does it and I think hes probably the same way with me White 34 said MeDivitt sums up this feeling for White We had specialty areas that were so closely related that they were really only one specialty to start with Weve been together a long time now and weve fought all our battles together In my book I couldnt have been happier when we were an nounced as a team A linkup had been scheduled next October with a Gemini craft piloted by astronauts Walt er Schirra and Tom Stafford The introduction of the rendez vous maneuver for Thursdays flight plan was a late decision It was made after astronauts Virgil Grissom and John Voung demonstrated the maneuvera bility of the Gemini craft on a March 23 night The dramatic journey of the Gemini4 started at am CDT when the mighty Titan 2 thundered off its Cape Kennedy launching stand and propelled the craft into its precise orbit It was the start of Americas longest attempted manned flight yet an endurance mission scheduled to end about pm CDT next Monday after 62 circuits of the globe in 97 hours 50 minutes The launching was delayed 1 lour 16 minutes because of a jalky launch pad service tower hat would not fold down from he rocket due to an electrical malfunction Despite the excitement at tached to the rendezvous and space excursion maneuvers mission director Christopher C Kraft Jr said the main goal of he flight was to determine how well men and spacecraft sys tems can withstand a long ex posure to the space environ ment The flight if carried to com pletion would eclipse the pres ent American record of 34 hours 20 minutes established in May 1963 by astronaut Gordon Cooper A Russian cosmonaut Valery Bykovsky holds the record of 119 hours 6 minutes As the great twostage Air Force Titan roclcet lifted Gemi ni4 skyward with a thunderous roar the pilots reported all sys tems in good condition About seven minutes after blastoff Mission Control Center reported Gemini was in a suc cessful orbit McDivitt fired small jets to provide the final maneuver that put the vehicle in proper orbit and in a flying formation with the rocket stage Mission Control Center at Houston reported it thought it heard McDivitt estimate the stage was orbiting about 509 feet behind the spaceship This was close enough for GEMINI Please Turn to Page 2 JAMES MtDIVITT Gemini4 ataglance By THE ASSOCIATED TRESS Flight duration 97 hours 5C minutes 62 orbits Spacecraft Gemini 4 the second In the series of manned woman capsules 19 eet long with a bluntend diameter of IVi feet Booster Titan 2 a two tage liquidfueled rocket 90 eet tall and 10 feet in diameter developing a total pounds of thrust Astronauts Air of 530000 Force Ma jors James A McDivitt 35 commanding and Edward H White II 34 Objectives To determine the effect of prolonged weight lessness and spaceflight on men and equipment achieve rendez vous with another orbiting vehi ele perform extravehicular activities requiring White to climb out of the spacecraft and into the void of space provide a controlled reentry and training for astronauts who will fly in the Apollo mantothe moon pro gram conduct certain engi neering and scientific experi ments Both knew they would be pi lots even as boys White was born into an Army family at San Antonio Tex Nov 14 1930 His father now retired is Maj Gen Edward H White who can fly everything from balloons to bombers McDivitt was born in Chicago June 10 1929 After he soloed as a young mother Mrs James McDivitt Jackson Mich toldhim not to go upin the sky alone again McDivitt v a quick srmling quicktempered Irish Catholic started school at Jackson Jun ior College After two years in 1951 he joined the Air Force and was sent to Korea where he flew 145 combat missions and won three Distinguished Flying Crosses and five Air Medals White a sandyhaired athlete hopscotched over the world from Army base to Army base until his father switched to the Air Force He finished high school in Washington DC and went on to West Point He changed to the Air Force after graduation White got the yen to travel in space even before the first as tronauts were chosen He was with a fighter squadron in Ger many When astronaut qualifi cations were announced White lacked test pilot training and an aeronautical engineering de gree At about this decided to finish his education for a degree in aeronautical en gineering Both enrolled at the Universi ty of Michigan in September 1957 White to get a masters lime McDivitt icgrec and McDivitt a bach elors McDivitt graduated first in his class White with another legrce had fulfilled another SPACEMEN Turn to Page 2 ON THEIR huge 165ton Gemini4 rocket with the spacecraft at its tip clears the launch pad at Cape Ken nedy Astronauts James Mc Divitt and Edward White were catapulted into space smooth ly after an hour and 16 min ute delay during the count down
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