Saturday, January 31, 2015

Retro Saturday: Here's Johnny

Click the arrow to watch the film. Video source: MIT Tech TV.

Many documentaries of the Apollo 11 launch include stock footage of celebrities such as former President Lyndon Johnson and talk show host Johnny Carson in the VIP stand at the Kennedy Space Center press site.

This week's Retro Saturday is a five-minute home movie of the launch filmed by aviation pioneer Alexander de Seversky. It's archived on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology web site.

In addition to LBJ, his wife and Carson, I spotted Senator Barry Goldwater, former NASA administrator James Webb, and astronauts Gene Cernan and Tom Stafford.

Most impressive is the film of the launch ... In The Right Stuff, Glennis Yeager tells Chuck, “Punch a hole in the sky.” Watch for the Saturn V to punch a hole in the clouds and cast a shadow.

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