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Dfts Moinfts Register P0Q0 4 Fri. t July j?5,_ 1969 __ 'Gee, You Look Great, 9 Says Nixon APOLLO- Continued /rom Page One ncr in Los Angeles, Calif., Aug. 13 after their quarantine period ends. "Will you come?" he asked. "Do Anything" "We'll do anything you say, Mr. President," replied Armstrong, the first man to walk the moon. < ' The flight's successful end brought hundreds of wacm messages to the White House, the President said, from "ambassadors and presidents, prime ministers and kings." "They represent over two billion people on this earth, all of them who have had the opportunity to see what you have done," he added. The brief chat over, the astronauts and the Marine honor guard flanking the isolation van snapped to attention, the President placed his hand on his breast and faced the flag, and the band struck up "The Star-Spangled Banner." He left the carrier by helicopter for the U.S. base at Johnston Island, and will begin his WIREPMOTO (AP) Pat Visits Honolulu While her husabnd was viewing the splashdown of the Apollo 11 astronauts Thursday, Mrs. Richard Nixon was in Honolulu, Hawaii, being introduced to Johnson Gabuin, right, who was wearing the native costume of his country—Cameroon, Africa. Gabuin and students from 35 countries represented at the East-West Center jit the University of Hawaii met the First Lady. East-West Center Chancellor Kverett Kleinjans introduced the pair. Mrs. Nixon's visit to the center was cut short when a crowd of onlookers pressed too close to her. world tour. The elaborate isolation pre-i McCain, jr., and cautions were taken to insure 'Frank Borman. that the Apollo 11 heroes did M r Nixon echoed the chant no't infect their home planet with germs brought back from the moon, and personal contact with the President or any unshielded crewman on this ship Astronaut'suits. Using big mittens, they - rubbed it in - front, back, un- ider the arms, top of the head, of the sailors below: "Where? i feet. shaved. Collins appeared to have grown a moustache. The President stood about eight feet from the quarantine i The disinfectant was sodium ] trailer and spoke with the : hvpochlorate. a chemical famil- astronauts through a window. .But the spaceship was lost in j i{ | r (0 nouse wives as a washday The three spacemen looked Where?" Joy, Relief For Waiting Apollo Wife* HOUSTON, TEX. (AP) 'from launch to splashdown the great adventure lasted 195 hours, 17 minutes and 49 seconds. Nowhere did the clock tick louder than in the homes of Jsteil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin and Michael Collins. "If anyone were to ask me how I could describe this flight, I can only say it was out of this world," said one who counted the hours — Jan Armstrong — after it was over. Shook Her Head A pretty woman with close- cropped hair, Mrs. Armstrong only shook her head when she was asked whether Neil had taken a good luck charm to the moon, if he took anything personal to the moon, if he left anything on the moon. And what would she like most now? "To be myself." As her sons, Eric and Mark, squirmed in the sunlight, Mrs. Armstrong said, "I think ^what he did was very, very great, j He. and Buzz and Mike. I'm r terribly, terribly proud of them." Behind her was a giant floral creation — a meon made | of yellow mums with a white footprint of orchids, an Uncle Sam hat perched on top. The flowers were presented as a "token of love from the American people." The Society of American Florists was the donor. "I would like,to say to the APOLLO IT ftMM'AI* INTAKII AlMXMAUtf mm iNTIUOi MIIONT 6'7" MOBILE QUARANTINE FACILITY (HQF) WIREPHOTO (AP) gray clouds. In the cx-| b]eacn citement, the Hornet's bridge was forbidden. i forgot to announce the splash- The excitement that gripped j down. The the highlights of the Apollo 111 T h r c c-t o-s i x-foot waves , frogman scrub the Apollo 11 Lunar Rocks, astronauts helped the 111^, iiigii*igiitt-r "• *•• — - -| — I ii I U l,i. u-a i A iuui «« T to i [[ utiiicall o*-l uu me njjwuw AJ. flight, the launch, the landing J turne( i tne spaceship upsidej hatch and then it was sprayed on the moon and the walk on ^ own a f ter j( landed. The astro- again and rubbed down. Inside its soil, gripped it again in,thei nau t s righted it in 11 minutes the spaceship were the precious last half-hour. | by inflating flotation bags. j bits of lunar rocks that Arm"Mighty Good" Planes and helicopters were strong and Aldrin collected on A storm in the original land-; overhead in minutes and i the moon Sunday .ing site forced them to ridej their spacecraft an extra 250 j miles eastward to avoid the! high seas. "You're looking mighty good here," said mission control. ' "You're cleared for landing." • At 11:22 a.m. they jettisoned the service module, the equipment section behind them that carried the rocket engine which three days ago shot them away from the moon and back toward earth. Without the service module, its heat shield was bared and ready to take the brunt of the fiery re-entry. "There it Is! There it is!" shouted the President and the 2,300 men standing on the wind-swept decks of the Hornet. Sailors in their tropical whites dashed to the port beam of the ship as the command module flashed out of a cloud to the southwest. The spaceship disappeared behind a cloud and appeared again — an orange ball. Minutes after the re-entry burn ended, two soft sonic booms were heard on the ship. Then the announcement came i from the bridge: : "Main chutes 3,000 feet oni the way^down." The men scurried around on the flight deck, craning their The Flight of Apollo 11 Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins then were lifted one-by-one ! into a helicopter which depos- 1 ited them on the deck of the carrier at 12:57 p.m. (Iowa time), one hour and seven minutes after splashdown. • Nixon watched from the bridge as preached. the helicopter ap- The ship's band Ut VCli'l IWV4> A i»V- uii»f* fc* •»»»••« dropped frogmen into the wa-1 pi aye d "Columbia, the Gem of ter. j the Ocean." Columbia was the "Ouj condition is all three name the astronauts gave their excellent. Take your time," command ship. ; necks looking chutes. for the para- On the flag bridge, President Nixon was flanked by Dr Thomas 0. Paine, NASA administrator, Admiral John S. Collins told the swimmers.. Tossed in Suits As the carrier steamed toward the bobbing spaceship, one of the frogmen, Navy Lt. Clancey Hatleberg, 25, of Chippewa Falls, Wis., climbed into a rubber raft. He wore a pea-green biological suit with a gas mask-like face device. He opened the hatch, tossed in three garments like his own, nicknamed BIG suits, and closed the hatch. BIG means biological isolation garments. Hatleberg then sprayed the hatch area with an iodized disinfectant to kill possible germs. The other frogmen backed away from the craft, moving upwind to avoid possible germs. T h i r t y-five minutes after landing, Aldrin, followed by Armstrong and Collins, stepped into the orange rubber raft in their strange suits. With Hatleberg's help they, healthy as they listened to the President and exchanged banter with him. "Neil, Buzz and Mike," Mr. Nixon said, "I want you to know that I have become the luckiest man in the world not only because I have the honor to be President of the United States, but particularly because I have the privilege in speaking for so many in welcoming you back to earth." "You Look Great" Armstrong told the President he astronauts /felt fine and that hey were looking forward to he ending of the quarantine period. "Gee, you look great," said the President. "Because as a result of what lappened in this week, the world is bigger, infinitely," he Nixon clapped and waved as the helicopter touched the deck, and hundreds of sailors chiBered the returning moon heroes. A small truck hooked on to the chopper and pulled it — with the astronauts inside — to an elevator, which lowered them to the hangar deck. There, the astronauts transferred into a 35-foot trailer where they will stay during a 2^-day sea-air trip to the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, Tex. There they face 16 days additional quarantine. Welcoming them to the trailer were Dr. William Carpentier, NASA physician, and John Hirasaki, NASA engineer, both of whom volunteered to be isolated with the astronauts. Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins looked like strangers from another world as they steppec off the helicopter and walked the 12 steps to the quarantine trailer. Wave to Crew Bells Peal, Corks Pop as Nation Cheers Moon Men NEW YORK, N.Y. (AP) — Church bells chimed along Fifth avenue in New York City. Champagne corks popped in Boston. Ticker tape rained down in San Francisco. And throughout jhe sprayed a disinfectant on their j They waved to acknowledge i the cheers and applause of the ! NASA and Navy personnel on length and breadth of an exultant nation, prayers and plaudits welcomed the return to earth of the Apollo 11 moon men. A Liberty Bell reproduction was rung officially in Des Moines for the first time since its installation on the east Statehouse grounds in 1950. "Never in our lifetime have people everywhere shared such a remarkable experience," said Gov. Paul Laxalt'flf Nevada, as the greatest odyssey of the ages came, to a successful conclusion. Astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Edwin E. Aldrin, jr., and Michael Collins were in closeup TV view only for 18 seconds, these returning heroes them hopping up and down or standing on boxes to see over , the heads of others. At St. Patrick's Cathedral, Terence Cardinal Cooke celebrated a mass of thanksgiving for the safe ending to humanity's most singular adventure. Cheers rang out on the floors of the New York Stock Ex-i board. The astronauts were given buttons which said "Home Plus Three" to welcome them to the ship. Immediately afterward a sci entist appeared and sprayec disinfectant along the ten fee of,deck where these men of his tory had walked in their isola tion suits. The air in the hangar deck hung heavy with the acrid swell of the germ-killing bleach with which the astronauts and everything they touched had been scrubbed. The astronauts' meeting with saiof I'm going to find on this trip around the world and Secretary of State William P. Rogers will :ind as he covers the other countrie's in Asia, as a result of what you've done, the world has never been,closer together, and we thank you for that." Nixon told the crewmen he had telephoned their wives to invite them to the dinner. He described them as "three of the greatest ladies and most courageous ladies in the whole world. We think it is just wonderful that they could participate at least through television in this return, but I'm sorry they couldn't be here." Asked by Nixon if "bouncing around in that boat out there'' after splashdown was the hard est part of the journey, Armstrong replied: "It was one of the hairier parts, but it was the most pleasant I can assure you." The Apollo 11 spaceship was hoisted aboard the carrier later, and will travel to Houston with the astronauts. Presidents of the United States — President Nixon, President Johnson, President Kennedy — and to all of NASA, to all the contractors who have helped make this flight successful, to the astronaut crew, to the three men ... and to all the people of the worfd, we thank them for everything," Mrs. Armstrong said. . ''Their prayers, 'their thoughts, just everything And her voice trailed off: "I'm still numb," she said later. "Go Find Him" In the Aldrin home, there were fireworks on the front awn when the big moment finally had passed. Mrs. Aldrin lad the company of wives of eight other astronauts. She sat on a pillow on the loor in front of. the television set. change and the American Stock the President had to be delayed Exchange, and messages of joyj pending a quick medical exam- flashed along on tapes that nor-] ination, after which the as- mally carry the prices. Astronauts Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins, so proudly we hail you," read the message on the Big Board of the New York exchange. The sound of church bells on Fifth Avenue was echoed in cities and hamlets across the nation. Adding to the torrent of t r o n a u t s showered Predicts Soviets on the Moon Soon ABOARD U.S.S. HORNET (REUTERS) - NASA adminis t r a t o r Dr. Thomas Paine Thursday said he expected Russia to duplicate the U.S. feat of putting men on the moon within 18 months. He said he disagreed with predictions by some space ex perts that Russia will try i moon landing much later anc added, "My guess is it'll be much sooner than most peopl think." "I think it'll be sometime in the next 18 months," he told a news conference as he waitec on the Hornet to pick up the three astronauts. Astronauts' Isolation Booth' Cutaway drawing shows details of 35-foot-long trailer where the Apollo II astronauts will be quarantined for 18 days. Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrm, jr., and Michael Collins entered the facility on the aircraft carrier Hornet Thursday after splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. They will be transferred inside the trailer to an airplane at Hawaii Saturday and will then be flown to the Manned Spacecraft center near Houston, Tex., where they will' remain until Aug. 12. The unk signed to enable scientists to determine whether the astronauts have brought back any alien diseases from the lunar surface. Plush Metal'Cage 9 Carries Quarantined Crew to Houston While the camera aboard the USS Hornet searched the clouded sky in vain, Mrs. Aldrin said: "Cameraman, go find him. Cameraman go find him." Later, Mrs. Aldrin told a front yard news conference she had offered "just one big prayer during the mission. Maybe God can get a rest now." Mrs. Collins wore a white cotton suit and sported a bow of red, white and blue ribbon that she said "really means nothing particular, I just thought it was appropriate for the occasion." "I'm a very proud and happy woman today," she told a news conference. "The whole thing was marvelous, marvelous." Mrs. Collins said the wisp of mustache that appeared unexpectedly on Collins' upper lip was "all right with me. He can keep it if he wants to." Mrs. Collins said her children - Kate 10, Ann, 7, and Mike, 6 — did not understand why their father will not return home immediately after the flight. "It is hard to keep children waiting — and wives too," she said. And she had this advice for the Apollo 12 wives: "Enjoy it." HOUSTON, TEX. (AP) The first moon explorers went into confinement Thursday in a plush metal cage not much bigger than some living rooms. The cage is a silver van that looks like a vacation trailer without wheels and which will be the world's only protection for three days from any deadly moon bug the Apollo 11 astronauts may have brought back. Fear Germs The van will be home to the spacemen during a 4,000-mile trip to Houston. It will be office, medical lab, bedroom, kitchen and den. The van, called the mobile quarantine facility (MQF), is a product of the fear that returning moon explorers could bring to earth deadly lunar germs that could infect terrestrial life unprotected by immunity. Most scientists say the chances of there actually being such germs are extremely remote. But, as one scientist noted, "There's too much at stake to take a chance." Neil A. Armstrong, Edwin E. Aldrin, jr., and Michael Collins went' into the MQF — sitting on the hangar deck of the recovery carrier Hornet — directly from the helicopter that plucked them out of the ocean. Besides the three astronauts there is a physician, Dr. William R. Carpentier, and a technician-cook-steward, John Hirasaki, cloistered in the cramped babin. The MQF is plush, paneled and carpeted. It has most of the amenities of home scaled down and crammed into its 32- foot length. The cabin is separated into galley, lounge and bathroom. There are six bunks and six aircrafWype chairs. Air pressure in the MQF is kept slightly below that outside. Ironies on one bulkhead of the (MQF), will provide both entertainment and communications. The panel has a telephone was recovered it was. pulled hookup, a tape recorder, a mon-i aboard the carrier Hornet and r ' • * . . , . ... ..„„« U.« n ..jvUi 4n 4hrt Hnn/fQf* HonLr This causes any leaks to be inward and prevents stray moon bugs, if there are such, from 11, but said if the astronauts aren't worried, he's not. Hirasaki, the son of Japanese escaping outside. It is air con- ; immigrants, is the jack-of-all ditioned. Electronics Panel complex panel of elec- trades on the mobile quarantine facility (MQF), the isolation van designed to keep bacteria from the astronauts from escaping into the world. After the Apollo 11 spacecraft Congratulations By Soviet Leader MOSCOW, RUSSIA (AP) President Nikolai V. Podgorny messaged his congratulations to President Nixon Thursday on the successful completion of the Apollo 11 moon mission, Tass said. > The official' news agency quoted Podgorny's message as also saying: "Please convey our congratulations and best wishes to the courageous space pilots, Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin and Michael Collins." dressed like bee-keepers at j sound were the blowing of work. But it was the signal to j horns, the sounding of sirens break out the flags and cigars ' and the shrieking of whistles. and champagne at mission con- j tro, and set off the firecrackers on the lawn of the astronauts homes At Wapakoneta, Ohio, thej high school band broke into a serenade outside the home of fire- bfi, ajr ibt wni r om skvscraper windows. Ticker tape fluttered down' that city's financial district. A champagne celebration was Armstrong's parents. Then the ne)d at the Massachusetts In- musicians led an informal pa- stitute of Technology laboratory street. ...«.•»»-.-.•« — * aiuuic ui jccuiiuiugjr jauiui rade along the town's mam in p oston) Mass . ( w here the ~'~eet. j Apollo 11 guidance and naviga- In New York, thousands on tion system was developed. A their lunch hour jammed j 10-story high numeral "11" was sidewalks in front of tele- j fashioned in lighted windows of 'vision showrooms, some of .a/JO-story campus building. NORSTAR It DOUGLAS MOINES itor of the shipboard motion picture audio and a monitor of the shipboard public, address system. The galley has a refrigerator, a sink and a decontamination transfer lock. Food is passed through the transfer lock and heated in a microwave oven. Refuse is sealed in .a bag and passed back through the lock and disposed of. The MQF will remain on the Hornet's hangar deck until the ship arrives in Hawaii. It will be unloaded from the carrier to a flatbed truck for transfer to an airplane for the flight to Ellington Air Force Base near Houston. A track trip puts the MQF at the Lunar Receiving Laboratory, a $10 million quarantine facility at the Manned Spacecraft Center. The rear door of the MQF is mated to the laboratory and the astronauts and their escorts walk directly into the laboratory building. was brought to the hangar deck beside the MQF. A plastic tunnel was sealed around the hatch of the spacecraft so Hirasaki can have access to it. He's responsible for transferring the precious moon rock boxes from the spacecraft to the MQF. He'll also deactivate the spacecraft, turning off power from its ba 11 e r i e s and sealing its hatch. Later he'll package the moon rock boxes and pass them to the outside through an air lock. On the MQF Hirasaki is cook, medical aide, photographer and communications and power expert. When* the MQF arrives at the lunar receiving laboratory at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, he'll go into quarantine with the crew in the crew reception areas. -During this time, Hirasaki will do more work with the Apollo 11 spacecraft. Hirasaki doesn't have to ex- The astronauts and about 151 plain his job to his wife. They other persons — including Car- were married six months ago pentier and Hirasaki — will and space is a family business live in the laboratory until | with them. She's a mechanical about Aug. 12, quarantined i engineer who specializes in from the world. analysis of spacecraft heat- j shields. Jack-of- All'Trades HOUSTON, TEX. CANADIAN FOREST FIRES. OTTAWA, CANADA (AP) JA total of 1,549 forest fires (AP) —Iburned 1.2 million acres of Ca**W V W A VS11, J.A-1.1V. \f\l I I UUI IIV^U J.t«l 11111I1VS1I H 1.1 CO V* V/M John Hirasaki volunteered tojnadian woodland in June, corn expose himself to any moon,pared to 841 fires in June 1968, bugs returning with the Apollo ' which damaged 617,000 acres. offers you... NEWEST STYLES! HIGHEST QUALITY! LOWEST PRICES! FOR SINGLE VISION GLASSES ONE LOW PRICE | I COMPLETE OUR COMPLETE PRICE INCLUDES: • SINGLE VISION LENSES, CLEAR OR TINTED t YOURCHOICE OF FRAME FROM OUR LARGE ' SELECTION OF FASHIONABLE STYLES AND CStORS • AN ATTRACTIVE CARRYING CASE • CONVENIENT CREDIT AVAILABLE. • NO INTEREST, NO CARRYING CHARGE SATISFACTION GUARANTEED DOWNTOWN BURLING TON 314 JEFFERSON DOWN/OWN COUNCIL BLUOS 328 W. 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