BiytJievmt (Art.) Courier News — Thursday, Janu»ry », im- Page Thm Apollo Bounces Back Good Chance for Moon by 1970 By JIM STROTHMAN AP. Aerospace Writer CAPE KENNEDY; Fla. (AP) «- One year after three U.S. astronauts died in the tragic Apollo 1 fire, America's man to the moon team has bounced back from that staggering shock. Now space officials visualize a "fighting chance" to land men on the moon by 1970. Hopes to achieve the national goal of a manned lunar landing in this decade—battered in Apollo i's aftermath by disclosure of serious hardware deficiencies—appear brighter now than during those depressing .weeks following the accident. One important milestone was passed last Nov. 9 when the first unmanned Saturn 5 rocket of the type that will propel astronauts to the moon was successful.;. Another m fl e s t o n e was cleared Monday with the successful launching of Lunar Module 1, forerunner of the type craft that will ferry U.S. astro- ^nauts to and from an Apollo command ship orbiting the moon to the lunar surface itself. Despite initial, troubles with ttie craft's engine system designed to soft-land spacemen on the moon, project officials aid Lunar Module 1 met nearly all its objectives. Another scheduled .unmanned Lunar Module launching can probably be canceled., they said, giving an encouraging boost to "the man to the moon schedule. , * * * Many hurdles remain between now and the day U.S. spacemen set foot on the moon, but "we have a very good fighting chance." to make the 1970 goal, says Dr. Kurt H. ; Debus, director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Kennedy Space Center here. "It all depends on the next few lights," he said. An important test is to occur this week, when a towering Saturn 1 rocket is to hoist the first unmanned Lunar Module into earth orbit for a eVa-hour test of spacecraft engines. Future Lunar Modules are to disconnect from Apollo cabin sections in or- bit around the moon to carry astronauts-to and from the lunar surface. Launching the bug-shaped craft will be the same Saturn 1 rocket that was on a nearby launch pad when Air Force Lt. Cols. Virgil I. Grissom, Edward H. White II and Navy Lt. Cmdr. Roger B. Chaffee died in the Apollo 1 blaze last Jan. 27. Repercussions from the fire still are reverberating in Washington where a critical Congress cut more than half a billion dollars out of NASA's .request for $5.1 billion for operations in the current budget year. Enough fund were left to complete the man to the moon flight, but the financial squeeze prevented NASA from planning America's space goals beyond the initial lunar landing. Several congressmen still remain openly critical of NASA management, but officials of Uie space agency and North American Rockwell Corp., where Apollo spaceships are built, said they have satisfied demands from Congress relating directly to the Apollo 1 fire, as well as suggestions from a blue ribbon NASA review board which probed the tragedy. ; These included recommendations to severely restrict and control the amount of combustible materials in Apollo spacecraft, quicker escape methods in the event of launch pad emergencies, improving safety procedures and equipment, better emergency training for personnel, and enforcing rigid inspection at all stages of wiring installation. • • + * * ] Investigators of the tragedy said a bruised or broken wire most likely triggered the blaze: and also reported finding "many deficiencies in design and engineering, manufacture ad quality control." "Fire is being designed against" at the launch pads and in future Apollo spacecraft, Debus said, including the moon- ship being built to carry the first three-man Apollo. crew- Navy Capt. Walter M. Schirra Jr., Air Force Maj. Donn F. Ei- EDIBLE ART insures'against starvation. German, artist HIM Mayr displays one of her collages made almost entirely from macaroni. Another is owned by the Shah of Iran. The pasta art has been acclaimed in Munich and Milan.. I sincerely solicit your vote in the Special Election on Tuesday. I have a thorough working knowledge of the Arkansas Legislature, which I attended for many years with my late husband, L. H. Autry, and which I served as clerk of the pages for four sessions. I have only the best interests of Mississippi County at heart and will endeavor to represent the people to the best of my ability. (Pol. Adv. Paid For By MM. L. H. Autry)' sele, and Walter R. Cunningham, a civilian. Their mission, a flight of up to 10 days in earth orbit, is to take place about August. . ,. • In one big change, NASA contractors working on Apollo hardware at the Kennedy Space Center, now report directly to KSC, . rather than NASA's Manned Spacecraft Center at Houston, Tex. Under the old system, which existed at the time of the Apollo 1 fire, contractors followed recommendations of Houston even when KSC launch experts suggested otherwise, harming relations between both centers and contractors as well. North American Rockwell .Corp., which came under heavy criticism from. Congress for poor workmanship in building Apollo spacecraft, brought in experts from outside the industry to help straighten out its problems. Gannets sometimes plunge 50 feet below the water surface to Catch fsh. Social Security Question Box (This column answers some of the most frequently asked Social Security questions. Reader's questions should be sent to "Social Security Administration, P. 0. Box 447, Blytheville) Q. My husband died in 1961 and I received a $255 lump- sum death payment. I will be GO in March. Will I be eligible for social security benefits at that time? A. Yes, you will. Due to the 1965 changes in the social security law widows may recieve benefits at a reduced rate at age 60. Q. If I take my widow's bene- Jits at age 60 at the reduced rate, will they be increased at age 62? A. No. Once you take the re- |duced benefits before age 62, I your benefit would continue at the reduced rate even after age 62. Q. When I became 18 both my social security benefits and my mother's were stopped. I am now enrolled in college beginning September and my benefits began with September. Will my mother's benefits begin with September also? A. Not unless your mother is of retirement age and can qual- ify for wife's or widow's benefits, She cannot qualify merely because you will be entitled to student's benelts, Q. If I became disabled, can my wife and children also receive benefits? A. Yes, in most cases. Payments can be made to your unmarried children, step-children, and adopted children who are under age 18 (age 22 if they are attending school full-time), or who became disabled before they reached age 18 and have continued to be disabled since age 18. Your wife may qualify if she is at least age 62, or if she has in her care a child who is under age 18 or is desabled and is eligible for child's benefits. Record Applications For Vietnam Worktrii •§ LOS ANGELES (AP) "11 About 2,000 persons came to Wf Federal Building Monday to'ajy ply for civilian jobs in Vietnam — a record number for a first day of recruiting in any U.S; i city. Officials of the Agency of Internal Development will recriiil through Saturday for mines, civil engineers, personnel offj. cers, teachers and other wo* ers. The jobs pay $5,009^» $25,000 plus a hardship bonus. 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