Happy Birthday Jim McDivitt

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The late John Lowry was a video pioneer, creating image processing techniques that would leave an everlasting mark on cinema and television. In 1972, John Lowry’s small start-up company, Image Transform, would make a big claim about what it could do to Apollo television transmissions – a claim they would back up. At the time, Jim McDivitt was manager of the Apollo … Read More

Pet Peeve – Painting a Moon Rocket (Wrong)

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Why does it seem so difficult for cinema and television to get the roll pattern on the Saturn V correct? The most famous of the incorrectly painted Saturn V’s is from the movie “Apollo 13.” Just as in so many other screen appearances, the Saturn V is painted incorrectly for a flight vehicle (including Apollo 13). Why? The launch of … Read More

Live From The Moon Available On Demand

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Our acclaimed documentary Live From the Moon: The Story of Apollo Television is now available online, through Vimeo’s on demand feature. The program has a runtime of 98 minutes. The program is presented in HD, and has never been seen on television in the United States. (It has appeared in many other countries, Japan, the Middle East, and several others). Live … Read More

Hawaii and the Apollo Astronauts

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Recently a story made the circuit telling of rare photos of the astronauts on geology field training, particularly in Hawaii. Despite some rather massive “never-before-seen” hyperbole by the press (they’ve been around for years); the story appears to have originated from Rob Kelso, executive director of the Pacific International Space Center. Kelso went on search for the photos to document … Read More

The Strange Case of the Zambian Space Program

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Edward Makuka was an optimist. Beginning in 1964, Makuka headed up a space program started by newly-independent Zambia – a program designed to land an African on the Moon, and catch up to the Soviet Union and the United States in the space race. After serving with the British in World War II, Makuka became a grade school teacher. After … Read More

Are you a Turtle?

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The Ancient and Honorable Order of Turtles began in World War II among pilots. Legend traces the order to the 8th Air Force in England, among pilots flying daytime bombing missions over Germany. The Turtle Creed: “Turtles are bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, fearless and unafraid folk with a fighter pilot attitude. They think clean, have fun a lot, and recognize the fact … Read More

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