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Holiday Sale Going On Now…

There’s still time to get the perfect gift of the best Space DVDs ever. All orders are 10% off (taken at checkout) and 15% off for orders over $250. Also, orders over $125 receive free shipping. Just use the discount code “FREE” in the United States and “INTERNATIONAL” for outside the United States. Thank you for your support of Spacecraft Films, coming up on our 13th anniversary of creating the best Space DVDs ever.

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Take the Space Grab Bag Quiz!

Welcome to our Friday quiz!

Today we’re going to be looking at general questions about general space flight history, a “grab bag.” Good Luck!

This quiz will be available, but prize eligibility will end on Sunday at midnight US EDT.

This quiz, one prize: (drawn from the high scores): One copy of our “Freedom 7” DVD set. (If you already have this set I will make a substitution)

Since we’re offering prizes we ask that you take the quiz only once, and that you do NOT use the Google machine to give us your answers. Good Luck!

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Take the Apollo Quiz!

Welcome to our Friday quiz!

Today we’re going to be looking at general questions about Project Apollo. Good Luck!

This quiz will be available, but prize eligibility will end on Sunday at midnight US EDT.

This quiz, one prize: (drawn from the high scores): One copy of our “Developing Apollo” DVD set. (If you already have this set I will make a substitution)

Since we’re offering prizes we ask that you take the quiz only once, and that you do NOT use the Google machine to give us your answers. Good Luck!

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Notice to UK Customers

We have learned that our web host is experiencing difficulty processing some orders from the UK. (September 9). You may get an error message that states we do not ship to your location. In fact, we ship everywhere in the UK. The host is working on the issue and will let us know when it is resolved. We apologize for any inconvenience. If you have experienced this issue, please send me a note at info@spacecraftfilms.com.

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Highlight: Challenger

This week I’ve been re-reading “Truth Lies and O-rings” by Allan McDonald (with James R. Hansen), and have revisited our Challenger set; The two together present you with an excellent understanding of the accident.

When embarking on producing the Challenger DVD set, my first mission was to include as much launch material as was available. My first goal was to make new film-to-tape transfers of the launch footage, but found out there was little interest in doing so on the part of NASA. In fact, I was informed that the launch footage remained impounded as part of the Challenger launch investigation.

We did include all of the launch footage that was available, in the original transfers. One item of interest on Challenger – it was the first space shuttle launch from pad B, and it experienced the highest number of camera failures than any previous launch, possibly due to the very low temperatures. In fact, the camera that would have had a direct view of the area later determined to be the source of the black smoke at liftoff failed, and there is no direct view of that area of that field joint at launch.

We also included the early press conferences, Reagan’s address on the afternoon of the 28th, as well as over 2.5 hours of material of crew training prior to the mission (plus much, much more).

As the set shaped up I made a last determination that to tell the real story of Challenger required the inclusion of key testimony from the Rogers Commission. This testimony is the predominant material on disc 3. This material is also where the combination of the “Truth Lies and O-rings” book and our set make excellent companions. McDonald spends considerable time speaking about this testimony, and the main features are included on our set. Hearing McDonald’s thoughts on the testimony and then actually seeing it provides an excellent insight.

When I’m away from one of our sets for a long period of time (I haven’t looked at the Challenger set in some time) I find I sometimes surprise myself when I return and realize just how packed they are with great material surrounding the subject. This Challenger set is no different. Above I’ve included a track from the DVD we produced to demonstrate just how many chances were missed to fix the SRBs before Challenger, a sobering reminder of what went wrong in this tragedy.

Our Challenger 3-DVD set is available now at a special price.

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Take the Rocket Engines Quiz!

Welcome to our Friday quiz!

Today we’re going to be looking at rocket engines. Good Luck!

This quiz will be available, but prize eligibility will end on Sunday at midnight US EDT.

This quiz, one prize: (drawn from the high scores): One copy of our Liftoff 2-DVD set. (If you already have this set I will make a substitution)

Since we’re offering prizes we ask that you take the quiz only once, and that you do NOT use the Google machine to give us your answers. Good Luck!

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Take the Planetary Exploration Quiz!

Welcome to our Friday quiz!

Today we’re going to be looking at planetary exploration. Good Luck!

This quiz will be available, but prize eligibility will end on Sunday at midnight US EDT.

This quiz, one prize: (drawn from the high scores): One copy of our Liftoff 2-DVD set. (If you already have this set I will make a substitution)

Since we’re offering prizes we ask that you take the quiz only once, and that you do NOT use the Google machine to give us your answers. Good Luck!

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Why Spacecraft Films?

Spacecraft Films is approaching its 13th anniversary. Over the years I tend to forget that new customers that have recently come upon us may not be aware of the reason the company was originally started, and what we’re about.

The reasons the Spacecraft Films products were created is simple:

1) At the time, and even today, much of the archive of the history of the US Space Program was preserved with standard-resolution transfers, before the advent of modern color-grading techniques. I knew, because the original acquisition was done on film, that this record could be improved dramatically with new film-to-tape transfers. (Ironic that even the term “film-to-tape” transfer is now obsolete. Now our transfers go directly to drive.) We financed these new transfers through the National Archives and NASA.

2) Long-form material, particularly the television, reconstructed in its entirety, was not available. Long-form material of film reels was also unavailable, we only saw glimpses of clips. We sought to make this material available, as much as we possibly could: entire reels from leader to leader.

3) We sought to release the material without a filter. Raw. So the moonwalks, for example, could be experienced in their entirety, without intrusion from network commentators.

The clip provided is an example of material as collected for one of our sets, this one in particular being the Liftoff: Success and Failure on the Launch Pad set, and gives you an example of some of the material. We’ve always found it tough to demonstrate exactly our sets, for example in just this 2-DVD set you progress from a massive amount of material on Robert Goddard all the way through to the onboard film from the first Space Shuttle launch. Along the way you meet the launch of Explorer 1, Vanguard, Atlas, Titan, Delta, Saturn and the shuttle. In short, there’s nothing like the Spacecraft Films sets for documenting US space history.

All of this work has been made possible because of your support for over 12 years, and we thank you.