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“Destination the moon or Moscow; the planets or Peking.”

“This is the single greatest shot filmed in television history. It’s completely real, it’s NOT a green screen. One chance, and if James Burke had missed, there would have been no chance of a re-shoot.” It was the launch of Voyager 1 in 1977. It’s now the first thing made by man that is on its way to the stars. And will be long after the curtain is rung down on this current clown ballet.

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  • KCK April 1, 2022, 8:04 AM

    Analog is best log.

    Next to the Batmobile and the M-1 Tank, the Saturn (5) rocket is top of the cool vehicle list.

    • Pebo April 2, 2022, 10:04 AM

      I was in my senior year at Melbourne High School, about 25 miles south of the Cape when in May of 66 our principal, Dr. B Frank Brown, the world’s leading authority on croton and other tropical plants rang the bell and the entire school stepped outside to watch the first Saturn 5 launch. Even years before that in elementary school, parents had to fill out a form stating the kind of job they had. All of that engineering talent moving into the area would never be satisfied with their kids exposed to a backward, podunk school system and money was on the way from Washington for an upgrade with B. Frank. The Florida Institute of Technology was established in the late 50s with aeronautical engineers meeting in abandoned WW2 buildings at the airport for continuing education. Heady days for a kid growing up in the middle of all that with a paper rout talking to some of those mostly young guys.

  • James ONeil April 1, 2022, 8:17 AM

    Any more all good news is old news.

  • Jim in Oxford April 1, 2022, 10:03 AM

    Memory Lane certainly has the most appealing scenery . . . When James Burke walked the earth, informing us of all earth’s wondrous aspects (including us humans), it was still quite The Good Old Days. But, alas, now we live in the era of Anti-Enlightenment, the Dawn of The Science. When Voyager 1 launched, those involved in the project would have questioned the sanity of those who currently propagandize all their utterly unscientific bullshit. Jesus wept, indeed!

    Cool clip, though, Gerard — thanks!

  • azlibertarian April 1, 2022, 1:08 PM

    If they’re asking my druthers, I vote for Peking. Or Moscow. Both would be good choices for the pointy end of a Saturn 5. Either/or. One or the other.

    • bob sykes April 2, 2022, 5:33 AM

      My choice would be Washington, DC.

  • All The President's Men April 1, 2022, 1:11 PM

    Peking or Moscow will give NASA a lift or will there be a diverse rainbow rocket in a non-phallic shape for maximum aerodynamics?
    Remember the OJ Simpson movie Capricorn One?
    It wasn’t that bad.

  • RileyD, nwJ April 1, 2022, 1:40 PM

    Are they sure it was Voyager I? It was initially scheduled to go first, but developed problems and Voyager II was launched first as a result. I was in an ARIA aircraft off the coast of Perth AS at 31,000 feet tracking it from horizon to horizon for Voyager II’s.

  • Gordon Scott April 1, 2022, 2:00 PM

    James Burke is a great entertainer.

  • ThisIsNotNutella April 1, 2022, 9:50 PM

    Tidbit from Gonzalo Lira’s TG Channel

    The Five Stages of Grief are:

    1. Denial
    2. Anger
    3. Bargaining
    4. Depression
    5. Paying in Rubles

  • Mattski April 2, 2022, 6:09 AM

    Not just the best clip in TV history, probably the best show in TV history: Connections. If you haven’t seen it, search for it and watch it. Amazing stuff!