Shepard's Trip A-Okay

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Shepard's Trip (A-Okay'AIl The Way Scientists Are Elated At Astronaut's Success CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., May 5 (HTNS) It was "A-Okay" all the way, in the language of space scientists, and the track was opened for perhaps two more astronauts to take up-and-down flights aboard a Redstone rocket. That's the government's plan, now that Astronaut Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. has proved the Mercury system can fly a man okay across the sky. At the same time, the Mercury project has been tooling up a giant Atlas rocket to take an empty capsule into a round-the-world flight If that proves safe, a chimpanzee will follow. And after the chimp, a man, perhaps not until 1962. Nevertheless, as the blockhouse jargon came over the loudspeakers today "all go, all systems go, all green, A-Okay" Indicating everything working perfectlyAmerica knew that the 37-year-old Navy commander had put this nation back In the space race. TRUE, the Mercury program has a long way to go to put a man Into an orbit around the earth to match the feat of Soviet Air Force MaJ. Yuri Gagarin, who sped across the black heavens at 17.000 miles an hour. Didn't Do It First, Where are we now in race for space? Editorial on Page 4. Related stories, photos on Pages 2-3-11. True. Astronaut Shep-ard's flight took only 15 minutes from lift-off to splash, 302 miles down range at a top speed of 5,100 miles an hour, and it is true that his 115 mile peak altitude was below Gagarin's 180 miles. But for America, the leap into space meant the Mercury capsule system can do its job. It can bring its human cargo back alive. It can operate to almost lOOo perfection. It is ready to go around the world. "We may look back on this as the Model T of the Space Age," Shepard said later, his feet safely on Grand Bahama Island, "But at this moment it seems a tremendous event." AT TIIE SAME TIME, the nation recouped some of Its engineering prestige by allowing the whole world to look over its shoulder as the white button was pressed, as the fire lighted in the tail, as the rocket lifted off, as the capsule completed its flight and set down under an orange canopy. This was no secret flight, launched in secret from a secret base with a secret rocket and secret space ship. And a whole nation a whole world could sigh with Shepard as he told the helicopter pilot who plucked him from the ocean: "It's a beautiful day! What a ride!" Yet, by exposing this rocket launching to the greatest possible view, the United States took a huge gamble, of the kind that only an open society seems to be able to take. Had disaster overtaken the 37 -year -old father of far fw - v.icr-A! II 4 --w :Fxwf '. -kT' Jl W. .. Proud Of Flight But Says More Money Needed BY DOUGLAS B. CORNELL WASHINGTON, May 5 UP President Kennedy publicly and proudly rejoiced today at America's launching of a man into space. But he tempered elation with word that more money must be poured into redoubled efforts to explore space. Minutes after Navy Cmdr. Alan B. Shepard, Jr., returned from flashing 115 miles into the skies. Kennedy issued a statement saying, "All America rejoices in thii successful flight" but it also should provide an incentive for redoubled efforts "in this vital field." Then at a later news con- . ference the President spoke with pride of Shepard's accomplishment and again of of the challenge that lies ahead. He said that yes, he is going to ask Congress for additional appropriations "We are going to make a substantially larger effort in space." AFTER A BOW to the human accomplishment and courage demonstrated in Russia's successful effort to put a man into orbit around the earth and bring him back, Kennedy added: "We have a long way to go in the field of space. We are behind. But we are some progress in the talks before long. He said he had asked Dean to report "within a reasonable time on the prospects for a constructive outcome." INTER NATIONAL PICTURE Kennedy said that in general "we have grounds for encouragement" in improvement of the international situation. He said he was hopeful that NATO will be strengthened by its forthcoming meeting in Oslo. EISENHOWER Kennedy said that it will be up to former President Dwight D. Eisenhower himself to decide finally whether to go through with a trip to

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  1. The Cincinnati Enquirer,
  2. 06 May 1961, Sat,
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