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Apollo XI / LBJ / Selassie / Lem Construction #204501

CBS Evening News for Friday, Jul 11, 1969
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(Studio) Former President Lyndon B. Johnson to watch launch of Apollo XI at Kennedy Space Center at Nixon's invitation. 1 million estimated to be on hand in Florida.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Kennedy Space Center, Florida) Astronauts' Dr., Charles Berry, says crew ready. Ethiopia Emperor Haile Selassie inspects rocket. Original Mercury astronaut Gordon Cooper present, and greets Selassie. Grumman Aircraft Plant in New York made lunar module.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Bethpage, New York) Visit to spaceship under construction begins with smocking room. Guides are Quality Control Manager, Joe Kingfield, and Dep. Al Seward. LEM shell shaken to remove loose matter. [KINGFIELD - cites 140 quality control workers. They inspect for extra material and the work itself.] Inside of LEM control panel shown. [KINGFIELD - describes process.] Control panel fireproofed, ptly. because of fire which killed astronauts Edward White, Gus Grissom, and Roger Chafee. Fluids aboard LEM must be pure. LEM being readied for next year Every tool that goes in LEM must come out. Procedure shown. [KINGFIELD - says all understand our purpose.] Walter Cronkite cites several violations he saw.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Reasoner, Harry

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