President John F Kennedy presents the NASA Distinguished Service Medal to astronaut Alan Shepard Jr. in the United States.
United States USA Date:1961, May 8 Duration:6 min 34 sec Sound:Yes
Welcome of the astronaut Alan Bartlett Shepard Junior after his space victory in the United States. The Redstone missile on a launch pad at Cape Canaveral. NASA astronaut Alan Shepard disembarks from a transfer van and boards a gantry elevator. The crew help Shepard to board the Mercury capsule atop the Redstone missile. View as the missile is launched. The missile separates and the astronaut feels weightlessness in space. He contacts the ground base via communications systems and speaks to mission control. The capsule is released at sea. Helicopters take off from Essex class aircraft carrier USS Lake Champlain CV-39 to pick up the astronaut and the capsule. A helicopter rescues astronaut Shepard and the Mercury capsule. Astronaut Shepard climbs into the helicopter. The cheering crew welcomes astronaut Shepard on the carrier U.S. Navy ship USS Lake Champlain (CV-39) after his successful trip. Following a medical checkup, Shepard and his family is received by the President of the United States John F Kennedy at the White House. Shepard addresses the dignitaries present on the White House grounds, and the assembled clap when he finishes speaking. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy can be seen saying and then repeating to the President, "Pin the medal on him" (perhaps the President had forgotten but was reminded by Mrs. Kennedy). President Kennedy then pins the NASA Distinguished Service Medal on the jacket of astronaut Shepard. Civilians greet astronaut Shepard as he passes in a parade to the Pennsylvania Avenue.
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