On this day, July 16, in 1969, a Saturn V rocket — still the most powerful rocket ever built — launched Apollo 11 on its historic journey to take astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins to the Moon — the first two becoming the first humans to ever step foot on another world four days later.
The video above is the original NASA broadcast footage of the Saturn V launch from Kennedy Space Center (look for the shockwave at 1:14!) Below is something even more incredible — a remote camera video from the pad showing the rocket launch close-up, at 500 frames per second!
Check it out:
This is a transfer from the original 16mm film, provided by SpacecraftFilms.com. Executive producer Mark Gray narrates.
Truly the Saturn V was an impressive machine — almost as impressive as the spirit of the over 450,000 people across the country who helped make the Apollo program a success. To this day, 43 years later, it’s one of humanity’s most amazing achievements.
Videos: NASA and Spacecraft Films