The Apollo 11 launch close up and slow

May 3, 2010 | By | Reply More

Check out this a wonderful video and commentary regarding the launch of Apollo 11, the first lunar landing. All of this action is captured with a still video camera perched almost unimaginably close to the rocket exhaust. 500 frames per second turned 30 seconds into 8 minutes. This video reminds me about the many ordinary things that had to happen according to plan in order to allow the success of what has to be the one of the most spectacular journeys in the history of humankind.

Keep in mind that the Saturn V Rocket was 363 feet tall, only one foot shorter than St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. Each one of the F-1 engines (which are still the most powerful rocket engines ever built) were 12 feet in diameter at the nozzle, and there were five of these monsters powering the launch.

Apollo 11 Saturn V Launch (HD) Camera E-8 from Mark Gray on Vimeo.


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