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Historic Recordings: KSC Report 51, Pioneer C Launch
Dec. 13, 1967
 
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LAUNCH COMMENTATOR:
Five... four...

Sound of rocket engines firing

NARRATOR:
KSC Reports -- a weekly coverage of events of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's John F. Kennedy Space Center.

LAUNCH COMMENTATOR:
T-25 minutes. Spacecraft status is "go." All systems. Spacecraft is on RF and in launch configuration with the exception of...

NARRATOR:
We are standing in the observation room of the Mission Control Center for Kennedy Space Center's Unmanned Launch Operations. In the control room, about a dozen men are seated at consoles and plotting boards, following the countdown to the launch of a Delta vehicle that will place two satellites in orbit: one around the Earth, the other around the sun. We are listening to intercom speakers that report the progress of the countdown.

LAUNCH CONTROL:
Roger. Be advised the status is unchanged from the T-25 report. Systems are all "go" at this time. Stations ready. Roger. Thank you. Roger. This is (inaudible). Time is running at T-minus 10 minutes. Standby. Go ahead. Mark. T-minus 10 minutes and counting.

NARRATOR:
This mission is the first time a Delta rocket has attempted to place two satellites in orbit. The small Test and Training Satellite is aboard the rocket's second stage to be placed into orbit around the Earth. The TTS carries radio transmitters similar to those aboard an Apollo spacecraft. Personnel with the Apollo Worldwide Tracking Network will use the TTS to practice for the manned spaceflights of the Apollo program that are scheduled to begin next year.

LAUNCH CONTROL:
Mission Director, all systems configured to be "go." (Inaudible)

NARRATOR:
The Pioneer satellite is destined for an orbit around the sun, carrying instruments to report on potentially dangerous particles of solar radiation that might create hazards to astronauts on manned spaceflights.

LAUNCH CONTROL:
Range reports clear to launch. Roger. (Inaudible) We are reported "go" to launch. (Inaudible) T-90 seconds. Mark, 90 seconds and counting. Roger.

NARRATOR:
This launch is the last scheduled for Kennedy Space Center for 1967. The Unmanned Launch Operations team has chalked up 21 successes in 22 launches so far this year, including missions sent into space under their direction from the Western Test Range in California.

LAUNCH CONTROL:
T-60 seconds. Mark, 60 seconds and counting. All systems are "go."

NARRATOR:
Visitors to the Mission Control Center are beginning to head outside to watch the liftoff, although closed-circuit television screens will provide clear, close-up views to the center that won't be visible to the bird-watchers outside, some three miles from the launch pad.

LAUNCH CONTROL:
T-30 and counting. Mark, 30 seconds. 25. Mark, 20 seconds. Roger, all systems are "go." (Inaudible) T-10 seconds and counting.

LAUNCH COMMENTATOR:
Ten... nine... eight... seven... six... five... four... three... two... one... ignition.

Sound of rocket engines firing

NARRATOR:
Exactly on schedule the Delta vehicle lifts off the launch pad, climbs quickly into the overcast sky and out of sight in the clouds. And another record has been set for the space center launch team: This is the 52nd successful Delta rocket launch in 55 attempts, and its 22nd consecutive successful flight.

This has been KSC Report -- a weekly coverage of events of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's John F. Kennedy Space Center.

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