December 24, 1968.
Humans, broadcasting television live from lunar orbit, December 24, 1968. This is the first of two television broadcasts made by the crew on Christmas Eve. I'll be posting the other in a short while.
44 years ago today... looking back at the entire human population, minus 3. Everything that ever was, everywhere humans had ever been, was right back there on that globe. The first time mankind moved away from the planet, turned and looked back at the full Earth. What a voyage.
From about halfway between the Earth and the Moon, the first television transmission from the Apollo 8 spacecraft, December 22, 1968.
Apollo 8 was a stunning mission for many reasons. The first manned launch of the Saturn V. The first time humans had left the vicinity of the Earth, the first time men had orbited the Moon. The fact that the mission took place over Christmas, especially with a lunar orbit broadcast on Christmas Eve, was especially memorable.
Since a little video is always a good thing, here's the launch, taken from parts from our Apollo 8 3-DVD collection, which features all of the TV transmissions and onboard film, along with rare onboard audio, footage from prep, rollout, multiple launch angles (in addition to those shown here), recovery and more. For a limited time the Apollo 8 set is priced at $24.99, the lowest ever (44% off regular price). Apollo 8: Leaving the Cradle
Haven't posted this week as we've been busy shipping a great deal, both current and pending orders.
We'll continue to be working hard on shipping both for the remainder of the week and into the weekend, and there's still a couple of days to have an order in the US arrive in time.
And since a little video is always a good thing, and we've been experiencing the 40th anniversary of Apollo 17, I'll leave you with the final section of the 1-hour version of Live From The Moon, our most recent trip to the Moon.
Our special Project Mercury combo, featuring the 6-DVD Project Mercury set, 3-DVD Project Gemini set and Freedom 7 set will be available through tonight only. These are some of our best sets at a great price, together $99.99.
I must say, if you had told me when Cernan and Schmitt were on the Moon that 40 years later they'd still be the most recent visitors, I would have thought you were crazy. Yet here we are. As Al Bean points out, it was 100 years after Columbus that the next Europeans came to settle the Americas. There's still time to beat that interval.
Eleven years ago this month the first steps were taken to create Spacecraft Films. When we opened our site on February 1, 2002, we were well on the way to releasing material on Apollo 11 that hadn't been seen in 30 years. For the first time we made this material available on DVD.
Since that time we've made available not only the Apollo Moonwalks, but all of the Apollo missions up to Skylab, as well as Mercury, Gemini, launch vehicles and special subjects, applying the same passion for the material we've always shown - the most extensive material available anywhere on the US Space Program, presented without a media filter - so it can be relived and studied as it happened.
In addition to making this material available, the production of the Spacecraft Films DVDs has left behind new, digital transfers of this material, most of it through both NASA and the National Archives. As technology improved along the way we also began creating and leaving behind HD transfers of this archival material for future use. We stopped counting several years ago, but at the time we had made new digital transfers of hundreds of thousands of feet of archival film on the history of the US in space. In addition to the access we've provided, it is this refreshment of the archive of which we are most proud.
We're working through the Space Shuttle missions now, and plan to create both a Skylab and an Apollo/Soyuz set in order to complete the collection. As we move into 2013, several of our special subjects DVDs are running low on inventory and we don't plan to reprint them. We're offering them at special prices prior to the holidays. If you've been interested in adding these sets to your collection, now is the time to do so.
And thank you for your support of Spacecraft Films.
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