Very rare footage of Homer "Sonny" Hickam (Rocket Boys and October Sky) and zincoshine-propelled Auk rocket. Probably in 1960 at Cape Coalwood, the Big Creek Missile Agency's rocket range. Hickam is wearing the military-style cap. O'Dell (blonde hair) can be seen with him as they're handling the debris afterwards. The girl is neither Dorothy Plunk nor Valentine. Note the shock wave of the rocket knocks the camera from the hands of the cameraman (unidentified).
A young man in a small West Virginia coal town dreams of building rockets to outer space as he witnesses Sputnik flying overhead. A perfect Hollywood opening scene, the story behind the hit film October Sky is all the more remarkable because it is drawn from the real life of former engineer Homer Hickam. Hickam is interviewed by Ohio University chemical engineering professor Dr. Nicholas Dinos.
The launch is October 7 1957, was launched during the International Geophysical Year from Site No.1/5, at the 5th Tyuratam range, in Kazakh SSR (now at the Baikonur Cosmodrome). The satellite travelled at 29,000 kilometers (18,000 mi) per hour, taking 96.2 minutes to complete an orbit, and emitted radio signals at 20.005 and 40.002 MHz which were monitored by amateur radio operators throughout the world. The signals continued for 22 days until the transmitter batteries ran out on 26 October 1957. burned up on 4 January 1958, as it fell from orbit upon reentering Earth's atmosphere, after travelling about 60 million km (37 million miles) and spending 3 months in orbit.INFO: WIKIPEDIA CUTS
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