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If great technical marvels intrigue you, then this 3 min video is for you! It has incredible sight & sound editing and enhancement like no other historical launch sequence video I've ever seen. I have a 24" computer monitor with an Altec sound system with headphones, and this video gave me goosebumps. This is just one of many reminders why we are proud to be an American.

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViNcBQ8cDA0
 

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What always amazes me is how a rocket that big and starting out so slowly can remain upright during the initial phase of the launch. I've always wished I had a chance to see a Saturn V launch in person since I used to watch them on the old black and white TV.
 

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What always amazes me is how a rocket that big and starting out so slowly can remain upright during the initial phase of the launch. I've always wished I had a chance to see a Saturn V launch in person since I used to watch them on the old black and white TV.
I haven't watched the video yet and this is probably in it... but my understanding is that the engine nozzles were actually on "gimbles" or hinges and moved all over the place during launch to keep the rocket straight. You can see the nozzles moving in some of the various videos about it.

Having read that... it still amazes me that the rockets didn't just fall over. With my own youthful experimentation with rockets (well, illegal fireworks...) half of them seemed to just go wherever they wanted!
 

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The question was 'whether the Saturn was gonna go up ... or Florida was gonna go down' ..... :supergrin: .... :eek:uttahere:
 

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I haven't watched the video yet and this is probably in it... but my understanding is that the engine nozzles were actually on "gimbles" or hinges and moved all over the place during launch to keep the rocket straight. You can see the nozzles moving in some of the various videos about it.

Having read that... it still amazes me that the rockets didn't just fall over. With my own youthful experimentation with rockets (well, illegal fireworks...) half of them seemed to just go wherever they wanted!
If you want to see rockets flopping over, check out the Vanguard rockets.
 

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What is mind blowing to me: 12/17/1903 to 7/20/1969. In less than 66 years we went from a 12 second airplane flight to landing on the moon.
My dad was alive for it all.
 

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My Dad worked at Bay St. Louis for GE/Boeing/Air Products, they would static test the stages prior to barging the stages to Fla, I assume.
He brought me a "Remove before testing" flagging from a stage, wish I knew where it was1
We lived in Slidell, La in the middle 60's.
 

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For some strange reason, the Rooskies don’t have Range Destruct packages on their missiles.

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Da .... Downrange peasants expendable ....


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What is mind blowing to me: 12/17/1903 to 7/20/1969. In less than 66 years we went from a 12 second airplane flight to landing on the moon.
For sure the greatest period of technology ever. People like my grandparents went from horse and buggies to man on the moon, and from telegraph to television. From medical "tonic" to heart transplants. Have a feeling we kind of peaked and on the downhill slide now.
 

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For sure the greatest period of technology ever. People like my grandparents went from horse and buggies to man on the moon, and from telegraph to television. From medical "tonic" to heart transplants. Have a feeling we kind of peaked and on the downhill slide now.
... an' I hep'd ...

(Worked for Pall Corp. [ filtration devices for Saturn ] and Fairchild Republic [ Tail assembly for Space Shuttle ...] )
 

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I haven't watched the video yet and this is probably in it... but my understanding is that the engine nozzles were actually on "gimbles" or hinges and moved all over the place during launch to keep the rocket straight. You can see the nozzles moving in some of the various videos about it.

Having read that... it still amazes me that the rockets didn't just fall over. With my own youthful experimentation with rockets (well, illegal fireworks...) half of them seemed to just go wherever they wanted!
Most rockets don't have any closed loop control until they clear the tower. For those first critical seconds it really is just trying to clear the tower before the thing falls over.
 

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I have always understood the reason we got to the moon instead of the Russians was that OUR German scientists were better than Russia's German scientists.
 
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