April 12, 2016

Something Wonderful: The Journey of 230,000 Miles Starts With the First Step Up

The view from Apollo 11's Saturn V Launch Camera E-8 on July 16, 1969 9:32 AM. Next stop, the Moon.

This clip is raw from Camera E-8 on the launch umbilical tower/mobile launch program of Apollo 11, July 16, 1969. This is an HD transfer from the 16mm original. Even more excellent footage is available on our DVDs at our website at http://www.spacecraftfilms.com The camera is running at 500 fps, making the total clip of over 8 minutes represent just 30 seconds of actual time.
Posted by gerardvanderleun at April 12, 2016 8:13 PM
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Glory Days

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at April 12, 2016 10:46 AM

Highlight of, and possibly the nadir of American power in my lifetime.

Posted by: Casey Klahn at April 12, 2016 1:30 PM

Yeah, then and now. The moon to fagowie, in 45 years or less.

Posted by: Will at April 12, 2016 3:20 PM

Right about then a bunch of people started out to make sure that the future had to be about them, not exploration, not adventure, and sure as fuck not about flying cars. They saw the power this kind of achievement had to take the spotlight away from their rights to perpetual grievance, and they set about to destroy it. And every one of those scum, at least the Americans among them, was a Democrat. I'm not saying I'd kill them if I could, but if one of them was on fire, I wouldn't piss on them if my bladder was bursting.

Posted by: Ray Van Dune at April 12, 2016 7:17 PM

Priorities for necessary funding:
Moon, Mars, ......, Save the Children charity and its like.
Some start at one end, some at the other.

Posted by: Howard Nelson at April 13, 2016 1:21 PM

One of my Dad's cameras. He mostly worked on the real-time analog cameras around the pad, but his group also performed service on the film cameras. The film guys would actually load the film and set the exposures.

After the first Saturn V launch they found one of the pad cameras out by the beach. Another one was never located. My Dad installed the video switcher in the LCC and maintained and supported it for the Apollo launches.

The subjects that came up when my dad and his friends sat around talking were different than what most kids of that time heard.

Posted by: Larry Geiger at April 14, 2016 10:00 AM

Great insight, Larry.

Posted by: vanderleun at April 15, 2016 8:28 AM

There are two great enemies of America and the West today. The Left and the Islamists, both of whom HATE the culture of achievement that the moon launches represented. The US space program had to be suppressed so their projects of destruction could go forward. Notice how the Democrats' fortunes took off once they got rid of all such 'distractions'. I look at Obama and see only a pathetic spiteful little destroyer, and the Allah Akbar killers he enables.

Posted by: Stephen Carter at April 15, 2016 10:04 PM

Dang - missed the nuance from Cocoa Beach that morning

Posted by: Cletus Socrates at April 15, 2016 11:34 PM