Men around a V2 rocket being fueled in launch position. Officers and technicians at the base of the rocket. Smoke comes out of exhaust pipe.
Launching of a Pershing missile in Cape Canaveral, Florida. A sign reads: "Atlantic Missile Range, Pershing Launch Area No. 30, Army Ballistic Missile Agency". A missile hangar. Views of a gantry and a blockhouse. Signs read "Cape Canaveral". " Patrick AFB", "Welcome to Cocoa Beach, Space Capital USA", "Atlantic Missile Range, Station No. 1, Air Force Missile Test Center".
Colonel John Powers and Mercury project personnel hold press conference at Cocoa Beach, Florida regarding the Mercury-Atlas 7 orbital mission. Colonel John Powers speaks at the press conference. One person wipes his face with his handkerchief One person smokes. One of them opens a box and shows it to conference. The room appears to be uncomfortably hot. Attendees wipe their faces. They talk to each other. Other persons speak.