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Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - August 21, 1965, Mason City, Iowa The newspaper that makes all North Iowans neighbors Edition VOL MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY AUGUST 21 1HS UOc Piper of Two Associated Press KuU Wirei Marathon mission in orbit Little Rascal expected to break space record by three days By HOWARD BENEDICT AP Aerospace Writer CAPE KENNEDY Fla AP Gemini 5 astronauts rock eted into orbit Saturday on the start of a marathon satellite chasing mission that could push the United States past a signifi cant milestone in the race to the moon L Gordon Cooper Jr the vet eran astronaut making his sec ond trip into space and Charles Conrad Jr the tattooed rookie planned to ride their cramped space ship around and around the earth in an eight day weightless world This is three days longer than any man American or Russian has been in space and is equal to the time planned for the first US manned lunar landing flight Before parachuting to a land ing in the Atlantic Ocean a week from Sunday Cooper and Con rad are to circle the globe 121 times and travel a record 312 million miles Medical experts were confi dent the flight will erase any lingering doubts about mans ability to survive long enough in space to rocket to the moon and return Early in the flight during the second orbit about two hours after liftoff the astronauts planned to launch their own sat ellite ejecting it with explosive devices from an equipment bay at the base of the capsule The satellite which Cooper and Conrad have dubbed Lit tle Rascal will be used in mans first attempt to rendez vous with another orbiting proj ect The technique must be per fected before man heads for the moon The pulsepounding flight started at 9 am CDT after the first perfect countdown in the US maninspace program A ninestory tall Titan 2 rocket thundered upward from Cape Kennedy and drilled the 7700 pound spacecraft into an orbit ranging from 99 to 230 miles high This was slightly higher than the 219 mile high point planned But officials said it would have no effect on the mission except perhaps to change slightly some of the satellite rendezvous ma neuvers As the great booster lifted the astronauts into the sky the pi lots monitored systems ready to take emergency measures in case of trouble They reported everything in order The only hitch in the 5 minute 34 second rocket burning time was a brief loss of communications at the control center after second stage separation Communications were re stored quickly Six minutes after blastoff the Mission Control Center reported Gemini 5 was in orbit At that point direction of the flight shifted to the Mission Control Center at Houston Cooper fired two jet thrusters to provide the final push and maneuver to place the space chariot in orbit To perform the rendezvous maneuver Cooper as command pilot was to execute a number of intricate maneuvers to first back about 52 miles away from the satellite and then to chase it across the skies using a ra dar system a computer and jet thrusters to hopefully approach to within 20 feet during the fourth orbit and then to circle it The ninestory tall rocket flashed to life at 9 am briefly shrouding its launch stand in a dense cloud of rust colored smoke Then the 165ton projectile thundered aloft Astronauts L Gordon Cooper Jr and Charles Conrad Jr hoped to remain up 192 hours breaking the record of 119 hours 6 minutes set by the Russian cosmonaut Valery By kovsky June 14 1963 If they succeed they will have been in space long enough to fly to the moon explore its sur face and return to earth And if all goes well they will accom plish the first known rendezvous with another orbiting satellite The launching was observed by thousands of persons lining Atlantic beaches and other vantage points in the Cape Ken nedy area and by millions watching on national television Among those who watched breathlessly from the Cape was Mrs Cooper and the two Coop er daughters Camala 16 and Janita 15 Mrs Conrad on television at her Houston Tex home with the throeCon rad boys President Johnson also watched the launching on a telc Civil rights youth slain priest hurt By JIM KNIGHT HAYNEVILLE Ala AP A parttime deputy sheriff de scribed by friends as an easy going good fellow was held Saturday on murder charges in the slaying of a white theology student The student and a Catholic priest both here for summer work were shot DANIELS MORRISROE WHATS YOUR down with an automatic shotgun Friday on a gravel lane outside a weatherbeaten grocery store The priest was hospitalized in very critical condition Police said Tom Coleman about 55 a grandfather and the father of a highway patrolman turned himself in a short time later and admitted the slaying He was charged with firstde gree murder and jailed without bond A county official said a grand jury probably would con sider the charge in September The two clergymen were shot a few minutes after they were released from the Lowndes County jail They were arrested last week during a civil rights demonstration at Fort Deposit a nearby community The dead man was Jonathan Daniels 27 who had completed two years of a threeyear course at the Episcopal Theological Seminary in Cambridge Mass Critically wounded was Fa ther Richard Morrisroe 26 as sistant pastor at St Columbanus church in Chicago He was tak en to a Montgomery hospital where two teams of doctors op erated on him in shifts Friday night Sheriff Frank Ryals said he understood the two were shot after Coleman went to the store onestory frame structure about 500 yards from the county courthouse to check a report of a disturbance Ryals said he was out of town at the time and could not give a detailed account However a Negro girl Ruby Sales of Columbus Ga said she and three other Negroes had been released from jail with the two men and were with them when they were shot She said in a statement re leased by the Student Nonvi olent Coordinating Committee that they had stopped at the store to get some food A man we assumed to be the proprietor looked at us with a shotgun in his hand and told us Get off my property she said He shot before we had a chance to turn around Alabama Atty Gen Rich mond Flowers promised a full scale investigation and vowed If this is murder it will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law President Johnson instructed Atty Gen Nicholas Katzenbach to begin a vigorous and imme antique Hatpins appeal diate investigation and j nrAort to one Mason Cityan and she keeps a few choice ones in this carnival glass holder Furniture brass and copper and ac cessories interest others Page 11 Editorials 4 Clear Lake news Church news Mason City Latest Society Sports Business Classified pages North Iowa news Justice Department ordered FBI probe Coleman a grayhaired dent engineer for the Highway Department worked without pay as a time special deputy sheriff He is married of two children and the father news M 10 iin 14 u 1417 U North Iowa Weather outlook ABOARD GEMINI 5 Astronauts Gordon Cooper foreground and Charles Conrad are aboard tVi Gemini 5 spacecraft just before its AP Photofax hatches were closed for Kennedy Fla a launch attempt at Cape Excited astronaut families watch successful launching ers and thunderstorms Satur day Higta Saturday 75 to 10 Weather details on peoje 1 READY TO Charles Conrad copilot of the Gemini 5 space mission ges tures Saturday during break fast M Cape PhotoTax TIMBER COVE Tex WI Still jumping with joy Mrs Charles Conrad Jr told news men Saturday It was the most beautiful liftoff I have ever seen I am happy as I can be She and her four children and other members of the family watched the launching of Gem ini 5 on a color television set in a bedroom Mrs Conrad wearing a green shift trimmed in blue bounced out the door of their suburban iouse minutes after the space craft went into orbit carrying her husband and astronaut L Gordon Cooper Jr Her obvious excitement was in contrast with her disappoint ed and worried look Thursday when the first scheduled launch was postponed I clapped hands and jumped up and down she said in describing her actions as the space missile roared on its way Chris jumped on the bed and started turning somersaults she said of Christopher 4 youngest of the four Conrad ioys Mrs Conrad said she did not receive a telephone call from the capsule in the minutes be fore launch as expected but she heard her husbands voice on the mission control center moni tor early in the flight and he sounder just fine At Philadelphia Charles Pete Conrad Jrs mother said Saturday his blast off into space for an eight day trip around the earth was just wonderful Mrs J Weir Sargent watched on color television as her astro FAMILY Turn to Pago 2 COMMANDER Astronaut Gordon Cooper command pi lot on the Gemini 5 space mis sion drinks juice at breakfas before suiting for the ride into Photofax First perfect flight for US CAPE KENNEDY Fla UPI s the ninestory tall Titan 2 ocket thundered upward from ape Kennedy Saturday it left record of having the first per ect countdown in the US man nspace program The 7700pound spacecraft rilled into an orbit ranging rom 100 to 216 miles high This was very close to the planned Hitudes of 100 to 219 miles The nearest rocketeers evei ame before to a launch exact y on time was on the last shpi if the Mercury program May 5 1963 a mission flown by hooper He was off four min ites behind schedule Ground stations closely moni ored medical and other data rom Gemini 5 as it whippec overhead at more than 17500 miles an hour The United States now has sent 10 different men into space wo of and Virgi for a total of 12 Che Russians have launched 1 cosmonauts including one worn an but none has made a repea trip Russia has not had a manned pace shot since last March 18 when Pavel Belyayev anc Alexei Leonov collaborated 01 Leonovs historic walk in space a feat marched later by Ameri cas Edward White Successful rendezvous Satur day would lead to an attempt t dock the Gemini 6 spacecrai with another satellite launche separately in another maneuve which must be developed be fore moon journeys The docking flight which wi be piloted by astronauts Walte Schirra and Tom Stafford pres ently is scheduled for Oct 25 ut the date could be advanced todays shot is successful Gemini 5 is to stay aloft 191 ours 53 minutes just seven minutes shy of eight days and plash to a landing in the west TII Atlantic about 500 miles outhwest of Bermuda aboul 53 am EST Aug 29 At last Special television for LBJ WASHINGTON AP Pres dent Johnson watched the Gem ini 5 spacecraft launching fo seven minutes today on televi sion The telecast was in color an for the first time there was color pickup from the Whit House The President was not lookin at a regular network show bu at a direct television feed from Cape Kennedy that branchct out to the networks and also t the White House Sitting in the White House fisl room a small reception room near his office Johnson intent ly watched the screen Once he looked around and thrust out a hand to Dr Ed Welch executive director of the space agency When the word came tha Gordon Cooper has jus checked says everythin is going fine Johnson grinnec widely got up from his arm chair and strode back to his of fice ORDERS CENSUS BOSTON AP Republican Gov John A Volpe has orderec a census cf state employes t determimvhow many nonwhite work for ate departments vision set in the White House After 20 seconds the Titan headed over to the northeast and sped out over the Atlantic As the redhot exhaust penetrat ed the cold upper air a trail of white vapor fanned out behind and was twisted into a curlycue pattern by high altitude winds As the rocket zipped above 35000 feet three jet planes streaked in behind it and added their vapor trails to that al ready in the sky The planes which carried cameras to pho tograph the rising rocket cre ated sonic booms that send loud thunderclaps rolling over the Cape and startling visitors not accustomed to such high alti tude antics Slightly more than two min tes after liftoff the first stage eparated and the second ignit d The second stage thrust ooked normal Three minutes 30 seconds into he flight the control center re xrted all systems functioning erfectly Telemetry data howed the rocket was moving long exactly in the planned rajectory If there were no hitches atcllite was to be ejected at am and the rendezvous vould occur at pm Among thousands who vatched the liftoff of the Titan 2 rom Cape Kennedy area van age points were Mrs Cooper nd the two Cooper daughters Camala 16 and Janita 15 and onrads father GEMINI Titan II rocket with a Gemini capsule in its nose carries as tronauts Gordon Cooper and Charles Conrad off on a suc cessful launch Saturday for a scheduled eightdays in space Photofax Gemini 5 ataglance BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS am EST from Cape Kennedy Fla with th countdown lift off and orbit in sertion completed precisely schedule Astronauts Air Force Lt Col L Gordon Cooper Jr the command pilot the firs man to make a second orbita flight Navy Lt Cmdr Charle Conrad Jr 35 the pilot th 10th American to make a spac flight A scheduled world record 121 orbits in 191 hours and 53 minutes just seven min utes short of eight days Altitude An elliptical orbit ranging from a low of 100 miles to a high of 216 miles a US record exceeding the 176mile altitude achieved by astronaut Walter My Schirra Jr on Oct 1962 Mrs Conrad and the four Con rad sons watched the launching on television in their Houston aome Only one other astro nauts wife Mrs Scott Carpen ter in 1962 watched her hus bands launching from the Cape area President Johnson among the millions across the country watching the liftoff on televi sion He was at the White House Cooper at one point early in the flight reported to the ground that he had lost IPS on Stage This referred to an internal power system in the spacecraft that apparently gave him a bad reading on his instrument panel However Mission Control said ground stations were re ceiving good data from the IPS system and it was believed to be just a faulty gauge reading in the spacecraft The center said that had the IPS gone out the astronauts could have switched to an auxiliary system Dr Charles Berry director of Gemini medical operations re ported that during the launch phase both Cooper and Conrad had lower heart rates than an ticipated He said he was surprised when the readings showed that Conrads rate was 145 beats a minute and Coopers 135 Dur ing Coopers previous flight in 1963 he registered a peak beat of 168 He normally has a beat of 70 and Conrad between 70 and 75 when they are at rest Although the spacecraft was thrown into an orbit about as planned the control center said this is slightly below the alti tude required for the rendez vous maneuver and that about 50 minutes into the flight the as tronauts would fire their thrust ers to raise themselves a few miles higher This is the highest that any US astronaut has ever flown topping the 176mile high record of Walter Schirra in the Mer cury program in 1962 but still shy of the Russian record of 3075 miles Shortly after Gemini 5 entered orbit the control center at Houston asked how the fuel cell power system looked One of the astronauts replied The fuel cells look very good The problem of loading fuel into the cells contributed to the GEMINI Please Turn to Page J SAME DATI1H44H
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