Apollo 11 Saturn V Launch Camera E-8

  • Published on:  4/7/2013
  • 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.comThe camera is running at 500 fps, making the total clip of over 8 minutes represent just 30 seconds of actual time.


  • Mark B.
    Mark B. 2 years ago+1585

    I watched Apollo 12 with my grandfather. The kids were pretty blase, "We have already been to the moon once already!"
    My grampa just looked at the tv screen, shook his head, and said, "I remember seeing my first airplane, I was 14."
    Can you imagine that generation born in the 1890's. They thought a steam powered combine was high tech in 1902. Then they hear about heavier than air powered flight in 1903. They see their first airplane several years later.
    Then they see news about dog fights during WWI.
    Then Lindbergh crosses the Atlantic non-stop, alone.
    Then we see jets and rockets.
    And 66 years after the Wright brothers' first flight at Kitty Hawk, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walk on the moon. Just 66 years from first powered flight to man walking on the moon. Amazing.

  • Bruce Robertson
    Bruce Robertson 7 months ago+328

    Grew up in Cocoa Beach. Dad worked at the Cape. Seeing a Saturn V launch was awe inspiring. Waiting for the rumble. The night launches were incredible. You could literally read a newspaper by the light of Apollo. The sun rose. How proud we were to be Americans . To build such a machine. Those were the days. Grateful I got to see it.

  • Roland Alfonso
    Roland Alfonso 1 months ago+93

    My father drove me to watch this. I was 14. We got within 10 miles...It was nutz. Then when Neil walked on the moon, my Grandfather, my father and I together watched on TV...my grandfather who was born in 1899, broke into tears...Momentous. Wonderful video and the greatest commentary. Thank you.

  • Herb Fong photography
    Herb Fong photography 1 months ago+127

    Who's here watching this on the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11?

  • Michael Lang
    Michael Lang 1 months ago+54

    36 stories up, three tiny humans sitting in a small capsule.

  • Ari Lunarium
    Ari Lunarium 2 years ago+767

    8 minutes?! Omg that's so long im not going to sit through all that!
    8 minutes later.
    Wait it's over? Why'd he stop talking?More!

  • mbear1
    mbear1 a years ago+177

    I dont care if I'm a dork for saying this, but I am proud to be an American watching this. And I remember it in 1969 (ok, just barely).

  • Duke of Norfolk
    Duke of Norfolk 1 months ago+29

    Happy 50th Anniversary Apollo 11! You were simply... extraordinary!!!🇺🇸

  • Kumquat Lord
    Kumquat Lord 1 months ago+53

    Happy 50th, everyone.

  • ParisLondonRoma
    ParisLondonRoma 4 months ago+61

    Average age of NASA flight control staff was 26. Gene Krantz was 36

  • John Bare
    John Bare 3 years ago+1294

    Thumbs down equals thumbs up your butt, this footage is extraordinary, usually you only see just the very first part and not the aftermath of the rocket's Hellish abuse of the pad structures. I watched all the Apollo launches and Moon landings live on a crappy little black and white TV set and was in awe of the power of those engines every time. One who does not see the significance and beauty of these images lacks a basic understanding of what is happening in these films, these guys are headed for the Moon to land and walk around for the first time on another world. What matching feat did you accomplish lately besides giving a totally unwarranted thumbs down?

  • wayne duff
    wayne duff 1 months ago+19

    I was born in 1960. I watched this with my Grandfather who was born in 1888.
    Now the world gets to watch Elon Musķ.
    Well worth watching.

  • PointyTailofSatan
    PointyTailofSatan 10 months ago+59

    When Apollo 11 landed on the Moon, I lived right next to one of Toronto's major city highways (Highway 27). I still remember a few min before the landing, and looking out and seeing NO traffic, except for one car parked on the side, with the driver I think, listening to the radio. No transport trucks, no cars, nothing. No one outside walking. No kids playing. It was crazy!

  • R.G. Doolind
    R.G. Doolind 2 months ago+8

    I was 8 in 1969 and I still remember watching the first moon landing on our B & W t.v. Something I’ll never forget.

  • yang wl
    yang wl 6 months ago+20

    Congratulation , the 50th anniversary of moon landing from south korea. It was one of the best historical events.

  • assmatronix
    assmatronix a years ago+492

    I'm embarrassed to share the same planet with people who deny we ever went to space and insist with juvenile minds that we live on a flat earth. The Apollo program was nothing short of astonishing.

  • Mike Parker
    Mike Parker a years ago+90

    My father was at Raytheon/Draper Labs in this timeframe, and was in a key position during the development of the guidance computer used on the Saturn V. I talked with him about it, quite a bit. I have an engineering background; No, this isn't a fake. I applaud those of you who are curious, who want to know what went well, and what failed - and why. YOU are who will move our nation forward.
    For you ignorant commenters who can't find your ass with 4 hands...just piss off. You really ARE clogging things up. "We didn't go to the moon.."..all that crap. Go get your data, and present it! Stupid bastards.

  • Alicante
    Alicante a years ago+26

    The astronauts said that the peak moment was viewing our beautiful planet from space. "Earthrise" was the name of the photograph taken of the earth which became such an iconic image. Love it or hate it, the Environmental movement really started upon the publication of that photo, our planet appeared as a sole beacon of light, life and colour out in barren space. It really moved people viewing the Earth in that way.

  • Thomas Meleck
    Thomas Meleck 8 months ago+31

    Fantastic video. The commentary was greatly appreciated. It really gives one a small idea of just how much thought and effort has been put into even the smallest of details of our Space Program. well done.

  • ztoob8898
    ztoob8898 5 months ago+9

    Eight minutes and 42 seconds? This is gonna take forever!
    (8 minutes later)
    It's OVER already??