Take the Project Mercury Quiz!

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Welcome to our Friday quiz! Since we’ve been featuring Project Mercury all week, we’ll continue with a quiz on: Project Mercury. 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 set. (If you already have this set I will make a substitution) Since we’re offering … Read More

“That’s a real fireball outside.” But just how much?

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Every spacecraft that achieves orbital velocity must somehow give up that velocity to return to Earth. For Mercury, this meant paying off the energy into an ablative heat shield, a protective covering on the blunt end of the spacecraft designed to “ablate,” or burn off slowly, protecting the spacecraft within. After entry, Mercury detached its heat shield, which would deploy … Read More

Getting out of Mercury… through the top!

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Today’s Mercury feature examines a method of egress always planned but only used once – getting out of the Mercury spacecraft through the top. The explosive side hatch on Mercury is well known, and the normal method of egress at the end of the Mercury missions became the side hatch. Shepard squeezed out of the hatch after the spacecraft had been … Read More

Pigs CAN Fly… on Mercury… almost…

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Our Mercury set is 6-DVDs packed with over 24 hours of material. This week we’re highlighting some of our favorite finds from the Project Mercury experience. What does a fledgling group of engineers do when they need to test a brand new spacecraft? Find subjects to test inside the spacecraft, during flight. Before the original seven astronauts, before even Sam, … Read More

Take The “Who’s Rank Is That?” Quiz!

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Welcome to our Friday quiz! 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 $20 credit with Spacecraft Films. 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!  

A/V Space History – The Apollo 13 Accident

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Also known as figuring things out by dropping stuff down a big tube (and filming it) When we begin to create a collection for a new DVD set, the first thing we do is sit down and list what we consider to be “must haves” for that set. Some are easy to determine (and find), and some items are added to … Read More

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

Our First Quiz Winners!

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The introductory week of our quizzes we’ve had four total winners. These winners were chosen at random from the total pool of perfect scores. Both quizzes this week had a perfect score rate of around 10%. Very well done! This weeks winners are: John Pfannerstill, Jim Banke, David W, and Alan Cato. Congratulations! We will have a new quiz this … Read More

Take Our “They Said It On The Moon” Quiz

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Welcome to our second quiz! Every Friday we’ll present a different quiz; some will feature cultural questions on spaceflight, some hardware, some operations, some history. Some quizzes will be easy, and some will be very hard. Each week we will select winners from the highest scores (that take the quiz before Monday) for a special prize(s). Since we presented our first quiz … Read More

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