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Apollo 50th Anniversary
« on: July 20, 2019, 12:29:11 PM »
Happy 50th Anniversary everyone, especially to NASA and all those who worked on the Apollo project. I’m going to celebrate by watching Apollo documentaries with my family and buying a new telescope for tonight.
“One small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.” - Neil Armstrong, 1969

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Re: Apollo 50th Anniversary
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2019, 12:54:11 PM »
Happy anniversary!

I'm going to watch a replay of CBS' coverage of the landing, timed as closely as possible to the real time.

And then I'll probably watch the recent Apollo 11 documentary (from CNN Films).

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I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth.
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Re: Apollo 50th Anniversary
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2019, 02:01:02 PM »
We had a little bit of a party at work last night, including playing lunar landing simulations on the big TV  ;D  Plus a spot on the TV evening news tying the landing to the Scottish Space industry (any excuse ;) )

Tonight it's beer, pizza and watching the landing in real time courtesy of UK C4.  Hope you're all planning something appropriate.
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Re: Apollo 50th Anniversary
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2019, 03:00:31 PM »
If you start this at 4:02pm ET (8:02pm UT) it will be roughly in sync with the actual landing.

« Last Edit: July 20, 2019, 03:19:57 PM by LunarOrbit »
It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth.
I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth.
I didn't feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.
- Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)

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Re: Apollo 50th Anniversary
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2019, 05:43:33 PM »
Or view it live, here:

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Re: Apollo 50th Anniversary
« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2019, 05:47:00 PM »
Yes, that's the better option. I have already switch to it.

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It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth.
I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth.
I didn't feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.
- Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)

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Re: Apollo 50th Anniversary
« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2019, 11:23:16 PM »
A bit late but I didn't realize they released the blue-ray edition of "From the Earth to the Moon". Lent my regular set out and never got it back so looking forward to viewing the whole mini-series over the next few days. 

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Re: Apollo 50th Anniversary
« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2019, 05:29:01 AM »
A bit late but I didn't realize they released the blue-ray edition of "From the Earth to the Moon". Lent my regular set out and never got it back so looking forward to viewing the whole mini-series over the next few days. 

I wouldn't get it; seems it is getting very poor reviews:

https://www.amazon.com.au/gp/product/B07QH82N1Z

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Re: Apollo 50th Anniversary
« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2019, 01:37:51 PM »
A bit late but I didn't realize they released the blue-ray edition of "From the Earth to the Moon". Lent my regular set out and never got it back so looking forward to viewing the whole mini-series over the next few days. 

I wouldn't get it; seems it is getting very poor reviews:

https://www.amazon.com.au/gp/product/B07QH82N1Z

Rats! It's already on the way. I guess in this day and age, I should check everything out before buying but it never occurred to me that they could screw up on the original. Last time I tried to send something back to Amazon, they just refunded the money and told me to keep the product so I guess I'll try that.

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Re: Apollo 50th Anniversary
« Reply #9 on: July 29, 2019, 10:07:19 PM »
A bit late but I didn't realize they released the blue-ray edition of "From the Earth to the Moon". Lent my regular set out and never got it back so looking forward to viewing the whole mini-series over the next few days. 

I wouldn't get it; seems it is getting very poor reviews:

https://www.amazon.com.au/gp/product/B07QH82N1Z

Rats! It's already on the way. I guess in this day and age, I should check everything out before buying but it never occurred to me that they could screw up on the original. Last time I tried to send something back to Amazon, they just refunded the money and told me to keep the product so I guess I'll try that.

I was going to do the same thing and actually had it in the basket but then I noticed it was Blu-Ray region A/1 which is no good to an Aussie.... and none of my Blu-Ray players are 'region-free'. I then started looking through the reviews...

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Re: Apollo 50th Anniversary
« Reply #10 on: July 29, 2019, 10:17:18 PM »
I bought the digital streaming version from Google Play. While I admit the special effects haven't aged well, it's still the same great mini-series.

If you no longer have your DVDs and want to watch it again then I'd say go with the blu-ray set and don't worry about the quality of the effects.

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It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth.
I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth.
I didn't feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.
- Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)

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Re: Apollo 50th Anniversary
« Reply #11 on: July 30, 2019, 01:24:29 PM »
I bought the digital streaming version from Google Play. While I admit the special effects haven't aged well, it's still the same great mini-series.

If you no longer have your DVDs and want to watch it again then I'd say go with the blu-ray set and don't worry about the quality of the effects.

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It arrived about an hour after I posted. Just watched the first episode. Yes, I'll just keep it. Special effects are good enough for me and at last I have a great mini-series back in my collection. Just have to be more careful when I lend stuff out from now on.

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Re: Apollo 50th Anniversary
« Reply #12 on: August 04, 2019, 08:19:11 PM »
Binge watched the next 3 episodes. I don't know how many times I've watched the Apollo 1 episode but I seem to get as chocked up each time as if it was my first viewing of it. The Apollo 7 launch scene is great imho. Yes, some of it is obvious CGI but I think the rest turned out very well and is clearly a Saturn 1B. Wish I could compare it with the original but as mentioned, I don't have it anymore and it's not on YT. Seems to be a longer sequence though emulating the launch scene from Apollo 13.

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Re: Apollo 50th Anniversary
« Reply #13 on: August 06, 2019, 04:56:00 PM »
Watch the Dutch Apollo 12 through 17 broadcasts here: https://archive.org/details/thirdpartyspacevideos
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