Our 15th Anniversary

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Today – February 1, marks the 15th anniversary of the day Spacecraft Films went live – February 1, 2002. Thank you for your support over the years in bringing the best in space exploration to you – long-form and unfiltered.

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  1. Jackson Tyler
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    Thank YOU for opening eyes and sparking imaginations everywhere! Your materials are perfect to use in classrooms and presentations. High-quality archive video of the Moon missions always stuns first-time viewers.

  2. SYLVAIN GUERRA
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    Thank you for bringing all of this unique material to the public (which I might add, for American cityzens of more than 60, they actualy paid for it with their taxes). I`m writing from Montreal, Quebec, and I am a french Canadian.

    I think and hope that your next projects, might be to convence the three networks to co produce with you DVD sets of all their space archives (especially the Kronkite and Jules Bergman material) because they have things that are simply unavalable in NASA footage, hopefully to mark the 5oth anniversary of Apollo 11.

    I also hope, you will get down to finally giving us (so to speak) the Skylab stuff (at least the mo st important and spectacular footage, such as on orbit operations, spacewalks, etc. I beleave, you had started on this project but seemed to have avandonned it.

    Thank you again, and feel free to reply to me if you someday have the time.

    • markwgray
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      Hi Sylvain,

      Thank you for your comment. You are quite right that American citizens paid for the development of the technology for Space Exploration and paid for the acquisition of the images recorded during these voyages. What they didn’t pay for is an individual copy of the material. American citizens are welcome to go do exactly what I did – do the research to find, pay for the new film-to-tape transfers of the material, and combine and produce the material into something that made it easily watchable. Nothing I’ve done is stopping anyone from following that path and getting it for themselves. I’ve simply made it available at a reasonable cost.

      Which brings us to Skylab. I have done much of the research on Skylab, but it requires a considerable investment to bring the product to fruition. For example, the Mercury set required an investment of between $30,000 and $40,000 US for the transfers and production of the final product. With DVDs making up a smaller portion of the home entertainment marketplace and with streaming revenue a much smaller purchase, it squeezes the margin on niche products such as these, and to date I just don’t feel as though the investment would be returned. Perhaps there will be another way, and the Skylab set can come to be produced. I hope so. We shall see.

      Again, thanks for your note. I hope I’ve been able to answer your questions.

      Mark

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