CBS Evening News for Monday, Oct 03, 1977
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(Studio) US, USSR and 15 other ntns. and orgs. are represented in space now, just 20 years after USSR 1st put satellite in space; called Sputnik. Tuesday is its 20th anniversary.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(NYC) Details with regard to Sputnik launch and orbit noted. (NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) film shown.) Space Defense Center, in Colorado, keeps track of number of man-made objects in space today. [Center chief, Colonel William YANCHEK - notes anything in space big or bigger than man's fist is tracked and catalogued.] Though United States is now leader in space, in beginning USSR had launched 2 satellites before United States came into space age with launching of Explorer I in 1958. (Film shown.) Rev. Bruce Medaris is now Episcopal priest, but in 1958 was then Major General Medaris and was in charge of Army ballistic program; says United States could have put satellite into orbit year before USSR , but administration wasn't interested. [MEDARIS - says Eisenhower had no idea that space exploration would be of international importance and thought it was just scientists' toy. Thinks USSR beating United States with Sputnik might have been good thing because it got US program on move.] Moon landing by Apollo astronauts noted. ["Aviation Week" editor Philip J. KLASS - notes new knowledge with regard to moon and other planets and also with regard to own planet.]
REPORTER: Richard Wagner