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Ln unmanned Project Gemini
)are ele' :8 P su ^ e was P ro P e ll e d into orbit
ies used ,jr a ^^ tan ^ rocket Wednesday
' md the United States got a fly-
ng start toward a goal of launch-
explanati; ng two astronauts into space in
5 fact | a similar craft late this year.
^ ft )r % Analysis of data on Wednesday’s
ns> i ^ ^ght and a second unmanned fir-
ailed nipln : ing scheduled in the summer will
they u/oii j e termine whether the manned
mission will be achieved in Nov-
0 C0U Wp: ember or December as planned.
The powerful Titan 2, making
its debut as a space booster, lifted
off at 11 a.m. after a perfect
countdown and hoisted the 7,000-
pound spacecraft into an orbital
path ranging from 99.6 to 204
“We’ve got an orbit! It’s a
beaut,” said the operations di
rector, Walter C. Williams, just
six minutes after blastoff.
Williams told a news confer
ence later the high point was 21
miles higher than desired because
of faster - than - planned booster
speed. But he said that on a
manned mission, the astronauts
easily could correct this with their
on-board fuel supply.
Project director Charles Ma
thews termed the flight a mile
stone in the program. He said
Gemini teams can now move con
fidently toward an unmanned bal
listic space craft test in the sum
mer and a flight by two astro
nauts late in the year.
Because officials sought only en
gineering data, no attempt was
made to separate the spacecraft
from the spent rocket casing.
The entire assembly, weighing
1(11,500 pounds, rocketed into or
bit and was followed by the space
agency’s worldwide tracking net
work for little more than one or
bit before its electrical power and
radio beacon ceased as intended.
The satellite was expected to
circle the earth silently for about
3% days before burning up as a
result of atmospheric friction. It
is the second heaviest satellite
launched by the United States, be
hind the world record 37,700-pound
giant boosted by a Saturn rocket in
The Saturn satellite also
mostly dead weight, but both are
considered significant steps toward
a U. S. goal of landing astronauts
on the moon in this decade.
The Gemini program promises
many dramatic episodes. The first
manned flight is to place a two-
man team into space for three
orbits lasting a total of about five
hours, to check out all systems.
The second manned flight, in
1965, will extend to four days and
the third to seven days, gradually
working to two weeks to gather
information on man’s physical re
actions to prolonged weightless
ASTRONAUTS SURVEY GEMINI CAPSULE
Astronaut Neil Armstrong, inspects project Gemini capsule.
Attends CD Meet
Dr. Alvin A. Price, dean of the
College of Veter-inary Medicine at
A&M University, will be in At
lanta, Ga. April 9 for a study on
“Civil Defense and the Veteri
The U. S. Public Health Service
called Dr. Price to the conference
at the Communicable Disease Cen
ter in Atlanta. The study will
center on preparation of veteri
narians for civil defense in na
Other College of Veterinary
Medicine personnel have returned
from recent meetings.
Drs. L. C. Grumbles, C. F. Hall
and A. I. Flowers were in Auburn,
Ala., last week for the annual
meeting of the Southern Confer
ence on Avian Diseases.
Dr. Grumbles presided as vice
president. Dr. Hall presented a
paper and Dr. Flowers seiwed as
chairman of the Committee on
Nomenclature and Disease Report
AMONG THE PROFS *
Dr. Melvin C. Schroeder, geology
professor, will present a paper
on the distribution of radioactivity
through ground water during the
45th annual American Geophysi
cal Union meeting in Washington,
D. C., April 21-24.
The research paper, entitled
“Studies Simulating Radioactive
Contamination of Aquifers by Sub
surface Nuclear Explosions,” is
the result of work done by Schroed
er and A. R. Jennings, geology
★ ★ ★
Members of the Department of
Oceanography and Meteorology are
presenting technical papers and at
tending professional meetings this
week in several states.
Reading a paper to the Ameri
can Chemical Society meeting in
Philadelphia are Dr. M. A. Zeitoun,
Dr. Richard R. Davison and grad
uate student Frank White. The
paper is entitled “Solvent Ex
traction of Sewage Secondary Ef
fluents, Heterogeneous Equilibrium
of Organics and Inorganics.”
★ ★ ★
Dr. Donald G. Barker of the De
partment of Education and Psycho
logy is author of an article in the
current issue of “Research Quar
terly,” a publication of the Ameri
can Association for Health, Physi
cal Education and Recreation.
“The Factor Study of Major
League Baseball Records” is Bark
er’s second statistical study on the
★ ★ ★
A&M University’s recently ap
proved cyclotron will be the sub
ject of a talk by Dr. John A.
McIntyre at a Baylor University
nationwide seminar Monday.
McIntyre will meet with students
and faculty for informal discussion
on curriculum and research prob
lems in physics.
★ ★ ★
Dr. John Paul Abbott, professor
of English, has been reappointed
to the Advisory Board of the Alley
★ ★ ★
Five members of the library
staff are attending the Texas Li
brary Association annual meeting
Making the trip with Library
Director Robert A. Houze are As-
B.H. DEWEY, JR.
(28th District—Brazos County)
MEMBER of Southern Re
gional Education Board.
“BEST FOR CRISIS IN
EDUCATION IN 1965”
(Paid Pol. Ad)
sociate Director R. C. Woodward,
Miss Phillyis Brown, head acquisi
tions librarian, Mrs. Nan Cardwell
of the veterinary medicine library
and Miss Mayme Evans, documents
Houze is chairman of the Coun
cil of State College Librarians.
Host S. A. Meet
Five states were represented as
the American Association of Agri
cultural College Editors opened a
Subregional meeting Wednesday in
San Antonio. Members of the De
partment of Agricultural Informa
tion of A&M University are serv
ing as hosts for the occasion which
continues through Friday.
Editors from Arkansas, Louisi
ana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and
Texas were in attendance Wednes-,
Walter McAllister, mayor of
San Antonio, was scheduled to wel
come the group Thursday morning
when the formal program got un
derway. “Urbanization — the
Changing Scene,” was to the dis
cussed by John G. McNeely, A&M
professor of agricultural economics.
Challenges for agricultural in
formation will be heard from state,
federal, and mass media view
points. Participating in this dis
cussion will be Edd Lemons, head
editor at Oklahoma State Universi
ty; Harold Bryson, chief, South
west Area Information Division,
Agricultural Marketing Service;
James H. McCormick, assistant di
rector, Office of Information, U.S.
Department of Agriculture, Was
hington, D. C., and Dave Shanks,
Austin American, Austin. At a
noon luncheon Thursday, Stanley
Banks, Sr., attorney-at-law, San
Antonio, reviewed historical points
of interest in that city.
The final day’s meeting will
highlight “Our Key Efforts To
day,” a report by states of the
past year’s activities.
Thursday, April 9, 1964
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