The Honolulu Advertiser from Honolulu, Hawaii on July 25, 1969 · 3
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The Honolulu Advertiser from Honolulu, Hawaii · 3

Honolulu, Hawaii
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Friday, July 25, 1969
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i is I 1 ii I PS IS h f-. r I f"; Splashdown in Pacific; Apollo 11 is momentarily upside down The delighted ivorld applauds v 1 4 1 1 Armstrong, Aldrin vs Honolulu Advertiser United Press International A chorus of acclaim echoed arotmd the world yesterday for the returning Apollo 11 astronauts. A woman shopper in Moscow summed it up by saying: "Thank goodness they're back!" Soviet President Nikolai Podgorny was one of the first to cable congratulations to President Nixon, asking him to convey "best wishes to the courageous space pilots." In a precedent breaking move, Soviet television carried a live broadcast of the return from the moon. Other messages of congratulation came quickly from Japanese Prime Minister Eisaku Sato, President A. M. Yahya Khan of Pakistan, Austrian President Franz Jonas and West German Foreign Minister Willy Brandt. Millions of people watched the splashdown on television in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. In Warsaw, a crowd of more than 500 broke into applause as they watched television in the lobby of the U.S. Embassy. In Stockholm, Swedes rushed home from work chanting "Apollo! Apollo!" to watch the splashdown. In Nice, church bells in the French city rang for five minutes to welcome the astronauts back to earth. Romania and Czechoslovakia also carried live telecasts of the splashdown. But Hungary and Bulgaria did not. i! I : I' and Collins step from chopper to quarantine facility it I ' s A - wmt i .an" 'is V. Apollo 11 astronauts wait in raft as swimmer Lt. Clancy Hatleberger sprays module with disinfectant. big story nears the end Dace center emBtie By HANK McKEE Advertiser Staff Writer HOUSTON In all aspects, yesterday was a moving day at the Manned Spacecraft Center. In an atmosphere of jubilation, the press corps here thundered its final round of applause for the men of Apollo 11 as they splashed down in the Pacific Ocean. Then they wrote or called last stories and turned to housekeeping chores at cluttered desks. Then, the exodus. Although numerous newsmen will remain here for the astronauts' return to the lunar receiving laboratory early Sunday and some even until the spacemen leave quarantine the majority NASA chief on moon in ABOARD USS HORNET (UPI) The Soviet Union will probably land a man on the moon within the next 18 months, America's top space official said yesterday. Dr. Thomas Paine, administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), also told newsmen he thought the Russians lost the race to the moon because of their secrecy. The open-publicity policy of the United States, Paine said, encouraged scientists - f on Hornet, with NASA official showing way. S 'V v already are winging homeward to far-flung parts of the globe. FOR SEVERAL hours following the splashdown, corridors of the press building resembled a headquarters for a giant safari. The litter of "The Longest Week" eight days of drama-packed news coverage went rapidly into wastebaskets or portfolios, typewriter cases clicked shut and the move was on. Shortly after the end of the mission, twin television sets spaced at intervals around the newsroom went blank. Hours later they still shone brightly from their mounts; nobody had bothered to turn them off. The number of newsmen still wrapping up loose ends sees Russ 18 months from throughout the free world to offer suggestions and help. THE APOLLO 11 success, he added, would eventually lead to closer American-Russian cooperation in space. "I don't look for any early change in the attitude of the Soviet Union, but a steady interest en their part," he said. The Russian moon landing, Paine said, will "be much sooner than most people think. I think it'll be sometime in the next 13 months." J 7' f l " -;: y.i. r If. i i . UPI Radiophotos from NASA ; thinned to several dozen as cleanup crews, previously able to work only in the early morning, moved rapidly down the lines of desks. The exultation displayed in Mission Control during the fi- our man in Houston nal TV transmission, while less restrained than in the newsroom, typified the feelings of most of the fellow travelers on this memorable journey to the moon and back. PROBABLY never before have reporters felt themselves so much a part of the event they were covering, almost as if they were at least a portion of the ground crew Astronaut Armstrong", HONOLULU ADVERTISER '"A backing up this mightiest of space missions. And that feeling seems to permeate the entire Space Center and environs. Now, although the press facilities here will remain in place for two more weeks, action in the mission coverage shifts to nearby Ellington Air Force Base. Arrival of the mobile quarantine facility containing the three astronauts is expected at 1:35 a.m. Sunday. The date of their release from quarantine has been set for Aug. 11. A LIMITED number of reporters and photographers selected by newsmen will represent all members of the press at that time. Their job will be to share pictures and to brief other newsmen on interviews and the like. Their "poor relations" will operate slightly removed from the area around the quarantine unit, forcing 1st man to land or. moon, Friday, July 25, Al-B ! 1 "1 out them to settle for a more dis-C tant view of arrival proceed- ings. -But for them the big story is over. Man has made his first trip to the moon and has returned in a mission execut- ed so perfectly it almost took on the air of a holiday excur---sion. " NOW THE MEN of the-pure sciences prepare to; take over, moving into a mis- sion which for them may be only slightly less exciting; than was the moon trip for the astronauts. For in the gleanings of the moon's surface returned by Apollo 11 they will probe the deepest secrets of the universe, looking for answers to man's questions about his world, his very being. And those containers of moon soil eventually may prove more valuable than all the gold transported in Span-' ish galleons from the New" World in Columbus' day. 4 V ' 1 grins despite quarait inc.

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