Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on May 16, 1963 · Page 1
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Tucson, Arizona
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Thursday, May 16, 1963
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r, v. VOL 91 NO. 1 1 7 TUCSON, ARIZONA, THURSDAY EVENING, MAY 16, 1963 MAin 2-5855 10 CENTS --60 PAGES Cooper Dozes, Drawls While Jittery World Waits By JOHN BARBOUR CAPE CANAVERAL, Flfl. --UP)--Call it nonchalance, or just easy going, but sometimes--within the privacy of his sky cabin--it's hard to,tell whether Astronaut Gordon Cooper is awake or asleep. Even in the last tense minutes, waiting to blast off; Cooper may have dozed off. Again--in some quiet moments as he approached the California coast on his second orbit -- C o o p e r dropped off to sleep again. Finally after 12 hours and 40 minutes in space, Cooper reached the 10-hour period put aside as a "don't fall me, I'll call you" time in which he could rest undisturbed by calls from the ground. It took him barely f i v e minutes to relax to the point where his doctors could say it appeared ho was asleep. The doctors say Cooper was very near sleep, if not a c t u a l l y dozing for .a time during -the last 60 minutes of his countdown. They watched on the instruments as his breathing rate fell to a sleeping pattern of about 12 breaths a minute, and became very regular, and his heart activity showed a sleep pal- tern too. They got the same report from the astronaut's body last night as he passed over Ascension Island, about five minutes after his rest period began. Being considerate fellows, they didn't ring him up and ask if he was asleep. Unlike most bosses, space officials don't look down on this kind of catnap on the job. Also u n l i k e most bosses, they can tell whether an astronaut is dozing because the space pilot's body is wired with sensors that tattle on him--take an electrocardiogram, record his breathing rate, temperature and so forth. Cooper's blood pressure through the flight has been holding at about 110 over 80--about the same as when he entered the spacecraft yesterday morning. Actually, his doctors were happy to see him napping earlier in the flight because it indicated he would have little trouble sleeping during the rest period. Asked if it was all right for Cooper to drop off that way, operations director Walt Williams said, "Why not?" Astronaut coordinator Donald K. (Deke) Slayton was asked whether Cooper likes to sleep on the boat when he and his fellow astronauts go fishing. "We all do," Siayton said, protecting astronaut anonymity, "when we're not catching any fish." While neither Slayton nor Williams knew how often Cooper napped during the flight, Slayton said: "When he reaches a place in the flight plan where he has nothing to do, he probably drops into sleep." Slayton a l s o doesn't think it strange that a man can sleep a hundred or so miles above the earth. Cooper has done little talking during the flight-- but then he's sparing of words anyway. Operations director Williams said last night: Did he sound sleepy? "I don't think he's sleepy at all. As far as slowness of talk, this boy was born in Oklahoma. He talks with a drawl. No question about that. And he doesn't do a lot of talking. I don't doubt he's tired. He's been on the spot for 18 hours." YSTEM FAILS MUST FIRE ENTRY ROCKETS MANUALLY OUTRAGED AT SOME REQUESTS Outbursts From Audience Mark Dist. 1 Budget Airing Outbursts of outrage at some of the items requested heated up a Tucson School District 1 budget hearing last night. The requests ranged wide, from $50,000 for an outdoor stage and amphitheater at Rincon High School to a $3,000 shed to house a portable lawnmower at Vail Junior High. Verbal fireworks hit the ceiling with a request for $1,800 worth of windbreaker slats requested for Catalina High School's tennis courts. 1 "We need slats like we need a glass-covered swimming pool," said Royden Lebrecht, 4065 E. Cooper St. Lebrecht also o b j e c t e d strenuously to the lawnmower shed and another item asking $4,000 to purchase tools for maintenance employes. Lebrecht urged, "Let's kick the wind out of these things like slats on the fence. . . The country, club set can afford to spend that money. . ." He also declared that labor unions required workmen to provide their own tools. Francis Vesey, engineering and maintenance department head, rose in defense of his requests -- covering t o o l s , equipment, school improvements, materials and supplies --which totaled $1,132,075. On tools for maintenance employes, he said his men are required to do more than one type of job and that a large number of tools already belong to the school district. An old quarrel between the district on one side and certain businessmen and union representatives on the other was renewed during the meeting. Vesey, who is asking for 33 additional staff members for his department, said he issued 12,000 work orders this year and expects to issue 14,000 next year. Brad Tolson, from the audience, complained about the amount of work done by the maintenance department. He asked that the board "sit down and work something out." And Wayne Vose, director of the Tucson Roofing Contractors Association, declared, "I don't think you need 400 people in your maintenance shops." Vesey retorted: "Unless you had a whole crew that could go out right now, you couldn't take care of some of the items. I feel we can serve the district more satisfactorily by h a v i n g a maintenance crew." Maintenance employes, he pointed out, also work on some new construction when not making emergency repairs. Some of the other school improvement work in Vesey's b u d g e t recommendations were: Converting Doolen auditorium into a library, $7,500; incinerator chimney extension at Fickett, $650; enclosure of outdoor d i n i n g area and locker facilities at Catalina, $12,000; extension of the Catalina a u d i t o r i u m stage, $2,700. Also, a separate lounge for office personnel at Palo Verde, $4,000; a building for motorized equipment at Palo Verde, $14,000; Pueblo library addition, $40,000; driver training equipment for Rinon, $24,000; greenhouse for the Tucson High biology department, $4,500; remodeling if Rincon basement into classrooms, $20,000. The 33 additional personnel Vesey requested for his department included 18 school janitors. The others include a refrigeration and cooler man, two grounds maintenance men, an apprentice painter, t h r e e painters, an electronics man, a sheet metal employe, a carpenter, a glazer, a helper for the termite man, a relief night watchman and two furniture repairmen. Last night's session was the last in a series of meetings called by the board to hear budget requests for the 19G3-64 school year. No official action was taken by board members. Public meetings have been set up for June 4-5, at which time the board will review the elementary and high schoo budgets line by line. Official adoption of the 1963-64 budgets is slated for July 9. See Story, Page 21 Fair Days Returning To City If in Tucson You're abiding, You will notice Winds subsiding. . --Hot N. Tott Yesterday's flurry of cloudy skies and sometimes gusty winds produced only a trace of precipitation at the Municipal Airport, but .04 inch was unofficially reported' in a late morning shower on the far North Side. Today's return to higher temperatures and low humidity is expected to pave the way for generally fair weather again tomorrow. Seasonal afternoon winds are expected to diminish to the vanishing point. It will be hot again tomorrow. A 97-degree high is predicted. Yesterday's warmest was 94. Last night's low was 60 and tonight's coolest will be near 62. At 2 p.m. today, it was 90 in the shade with only 10 per cent humidity. Full Weather Report, Page U Malfunction Occurs Near End Of Flight CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.--JB--Mercury Control announced today certain automatic equipment on the Faith 7 spacecraft will not function and it will be necessary for Astronaut Gordon Cooper to fire the reverse rockets manually. The announcement came as Cooper's Faith 7 spacecraft was winging over Africa on the 21st of the scheduled 22 orbit flights--and slightly more than two hours before the astronaut was to re-enter the atmosphere for a planned landing southeast of Midway Island in the Pacific. The retro rockets are designed to take him out of orbit and bring him down, amid terrific heat, to his target point in the ocean. Lt. Col. John A Powers, Mercury public affairs officer, said the affected systems were all those leading up to the beginning of the re-entry phase after the reverse rockets ignite. Included was the electric clock designed to fire the retro-rockets automatically. Therefore, Powers announced, the control center has ordered Cooper to fire the three rockets manually after receiving a verbal countdown from Astronaut John Glenn, stationed aboard the CANADA "22nd Oft*/* «.*····«·».,,;:, HAWAIIAN ISLANDS -Honolulu --AP Wirephofo 'GORDO'S' LANDING SPOT The cross southeast of Midway Island in the Pacific marks the expected landing area of astronaut Gordon Cooper after his 22nd orbit of the earth. The aircraft carrier Kearsarge waited 80 to 100 miles southeast of Midway to pick him up. IN BALL PARK' S N O O P Y . . . . . . says you'll lead a dog's life if you go on vacation without the Tucson Daily Citizen. Keep up with Peanuts, other Citizen 'comics and the latest Tucson and Arizona news--and enjoy your vacation. Dlnl MA 2-S855 and have the circulation department send a dally copy of the Citizen to your vacation address. Or, if you prefer, have them save your copies until you return. tracking ship Coastal Sentry south of Japan. Cooper was to fire the three reverse rockets at five second intervals about 4:02 p.m. Tucson time when his spacecraft was just east of Shanghai, China, more than 100 miles above the earth. The spacecraft was then to descend on a gradual course to its parachute landing near Midway, where a recovery fleet waited. Expected splash- --AP Wlrcphoto COMING APART IN THE CLUTCH Three-year-old Thomas Kariean of Milwaukee had a couple of things to scowl about yesterday when a photographer came upon h i m . One was the sewer pipe he had crawled into hut couldn't crawl out of. The other was the undignified behavior of his pants d u r i n g the crisis. He was removed u n h u r t . down time was 4:20 p.m. (Tucson time). Because some sections of the automatic system were faulty, Powers said, Cooper would have to rely on observation through the spacecraft window to determine his attitude and whether his craft was rolling. Lines etched on the window and the horizon would help him determine these factors, Powers said. POWERS SAID that once atmospheric friction builds up on the spacecraft heat shield; the automatic system -- that part not controlled by the faulty relay -- would bring Cooper safely to earth. "Gordon Cooper has his work cut out for him," Powers said, "but we're confident he will be okay." He noted that Cooper had performed superbly as a pilot through more than 30 hours of flight and there was no reason to believe he would dp any d i f f e r e n t through the critical re-entry phase. Up to the time of the relay trouble, Cooper's flight, longest ever made by a U. S. astronaut, flawless. As the dramatic journey neared an end, it was obvious Voice reports from the capsule were crisp and clear. He joked frequently with fellow astronauts on the ground-men who had preceded him into space. MERCURY CONTROL Center praised Cooper's handling of his complex space machine, especially his careful conservation of consumables such as fuel, oxygen and electrical power. Even as he was airborne, he began receiving congratulatory messages. One came from Australia's Minister of Supply, Allan Fairhall. Relayed by the Continued Page 2 Space Flight At A Glance CAPE CANAVERAL --UPI -- G o r d o n Cooper's space flight at-a-glance: BLASTOFF: At 6:04 a.m. (Tucson time) yesterday from Cape Canaveral. GOAL: 22 orbits of the earth over a span of slightly more than 34 hours; longest Carrier Kearsarge Awaits Gordo A B O A R D U S S KEARSARGE -- (ff\ -- Confidence mounted today aboard this recovery flagship as the time neared for astronaut Gordon Cooper to come back to earth. Officers and men, who yesterday joked about the fact that it was payday and lounged about the ship, made final preparations for Cooper's recovery after his 22nd orbit. The Kearsarge steamed into the expected impact area some 80 to 100 miles southeast of Midway yesterday a f t - er Cooper's seventh orbit. The 41,000-ton aircraft carrier had been in a position 300 miles east southeast of Midway, where the capsule "Faith 7" would have landed after seven orbits. As the ship switched its position into the "ball park" area, the attitude of the crew became more confident. Many have a of those hand in who will plucking U.S. space flight 575,000 miles. yet, about had been nearly ] Cooper was in high spirits. I faction." SPLASHDOWN: Approximately 4:20 p. m. (Tucson time) today in Pacific near Midway Island. PURPOSE: Essentially to find out effects of weightlessness on humans over pro- l~nged period, opening the way for more advanced U.S. space projects--the two-man Gemini flight and the Apollo program to land the first Americans on the moon. P E R F O R M A N C E : Both Cooper and his capsule were operating with "textbook per- Cooper from the Pacific already have one successful astronaut recovery to their credit. The Kearsarge lagship for the orce that picked Cooper May Not Be Last Mei 'cury Cooper To Get $44 For Flight WASHINGTON -- UPI -Maj. L. Gordon Cooper wil get $44.88 from the Air Fore for a 34-hour orbital flight-including space pay. The Air Force said that the astronaut's monthly pay is $982.93, consisting of $570 base pay, $145.05 quarters allowance, $47.88 for subsistence and $220 for f l i g h t pay, which works out to $31.70 a day or $1.32 an hour. was the recovery up astronaut Walter Shirra last Oc- ober after his six-orbit ride n outer space. Some of the crewmen observed Schirra's r e - e n t r y . They're confident Cooper also hit the bull's-eye. Weather conditions in the area were considered excel- ent, with easterly winds of about 15 miles an hour. Seas ,vere expected to have waves of about five feet. When his parachute becomes visible--if the recovery is as exact as that of Schirra -- there'll apparently oe hundreds of pictures of the feat. The Kearsarge's ship store reported a record sale of camera film. While they are confident of repeating the historic Schirra recovery with Cooper, the men are not cocky: Officers made final preparations and held briefings on all phases of the recovery-a task that has by now become routine. C r e w m e n checked equipment. Helicopter crews went over their aircraft. A special Hag made by crewmen of the Kearsarge will be hoisted when Cooper comes aboard. It is red, white and blue, and has a yellow outline of his capsule in the center, with "Faith 7" in yellow lettering below the capsule's outline. And, it was understood, when Cooper lands on the Kearsarge's deck he will walk to the admiral's inboard cab- CAPE CANAVERAL-UPI--Officials raised the possibility today that another m a n n e d space flight may be made under the Mercury program, although Astronaut L. Gordon Cooper's 22-orbit mission had been advertised as the last. Asked about the end of the program at a news briefing held during the final stages of Cooper's flight, Brainerd Holmes, d i r e c t o r o f manned spaceflight for Project Mercury, said officials "have made no recommendations one way or the other." But he added, "If we feel we could enhance the basic mission that would be applicable to future space programs, we perhaps could make another mission." in--where two bottles of his favorite brand of Scotch whisky await him. Keane Among o Top Managers City Manager Mark Keane has been named among the top 10 city managers in the nation in a poll of 750 city managers by Dr. Jeptha Carrell, research associate for Community Studies Inc. Carrell wrote every city manager in the nation, askinf? him to name the five outstanding city managers In the U. S. Keane placed seventh In the poll, w h i l e Phoenix City Manager Snmucl E, Vickcrs was' rated third.

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