To The Moon! Apollo 11 Liftoff (HD Video)

Apollo 11 seen from the launch tower (NASA)

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 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.

Viewers watch Apollo 11 liftoff from the press site at KSC (NASA)

Videos: NASA and Spacecraft Films


  1. IzaakMak says:

    That HD launch video was awesome!


  2. Jeff Barani says:

    Yeah a really achievement that this Apollo program !!
    But it’s pity that this program didn’t go to its term…
    Jeff Barani from Vence (France)


  3. Jas. says:

    WOW !!!! The ingenuity and beauty of the almost half-century old engineering is so impressive even today (the thousands of gallons per second washing over the launch pad!). Thanks so much for passing this along. I passed the link by email to a bunch of relatives….


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    Forty five years since Apollo 11 – an updated HD Launch.


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