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Apollo XII / Takeoff / Trouble / President #443340

NBC Evening News for Friday, Nov 14, 1969
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(Studio) Navy Cmdrs., Alan Bean, Richard Gordon, and Charles "Pete" Conrad en rte. to moon. 45 security after takeoff, ship lost main electric power. Due to accumulated static electricity on rocket skin, rather than lightning.
REPORTER: Chet Huntley

(Cape Kennedy, Florida) Crew shown en route to launch pad. Takeoff in doubt, due to weather. President Nixon watches liftoff. Countdown and launch shown. [Commander Pete CONRAD - describes blast. Tells Control of loss in power.] Control and crew work to remedy situation. Astronauts shown in flight. [President NIXON - talks of future plans of space program.]
REPORTER: Chet Huntley narrates

(Cape Kennedy, Florida) NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) happy with President speech, but he made no commitments. Internal problems caused worry over flight.

Huntley, Chet;
McGee, Frank

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