Apollo 11 Launch Footage (July 16, 1969)

The 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11. 2 videos and some info on the Saturn V. (Shamelessly stolen from myself from last-year’s post.)

The launch of Apollo 11 took place on July 16, 1969 at 13:32 UTC. (That is 9:32 AM Eastern Daylight Time in case you’re confused.) For those of you who don’t remember, it was the first Apollo mission to land men on the moon.

This is Saturn V launch-pad footage from that day. 16mm film at 500 frames per second. 8 minutes plus worth of video is only about 30 seconds of real time. I think it is fairly interesting.

I love that video because there is expert commentary, but not everyone agrees with me. So here’s a video that is a compilation of views from various cameras, including the control room, and the audience on site at Cape Canaveral. (The cover photo is the same for both videos, but I assure you that they are different.) YT will complain if you have the browser privacy settings set to 11, so use the link. (You don’t have privacy set to 11?)

Some stats on the Saturn V:

  • Produced thrust of 34.5 million newtons (7.6 million pounds)
  • Fueled weight 2.8 million kilograms (6.2 million pounds)
  • Height of 111 meters (363 feet)

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