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DISC 1 Simulator - The prime crew and the CM and LM simulator preparing for their mission. Audio from preflight interview with Jim McDivitt. Altitude Chamber - Footage of the prime crew during the altitude chamber checkouts with the spacecraft. Audio from preflight interview with Dave Scott. Includes backup crew run. Vomit Comet- Zero-G training for EVA in the KC-135 aircraft. Audio from preflight interview with Rusty Schweickart. Includes backup crew training. Underwater Training - Zero-G training for EVA in the Neutral Buoyancy tank. Audio from preflight interview with Rusty Schweickart. LM-3 - Checkout of the first ever manned LM. Audio from preflight interview with Owen Maynard, NASA engineer, concerning the design and development of the lunar module. Rollout - The launch vehicle and the mobile launch platform make their way out to pad 39A. Padwork - Preparation at the Pad for the launch of Apollo 9. Audio from preflight interviews with NASA engineers and flight crew. Includes prime and backup crew emergency egress training at the pad. Launch Day- Suitup, from the CDDT and launch day. Launch - Multi-angle launch views of the Apollo 9 launch. DISC 2 Aboard Apollo IX- Some of the most beautiful Apollo onboards come from Apollo 9. Well over two hours of onboard footage from the EVA, rendezvous and life inside the spacecraft. Audio is from a NASA interview with LMP Rusty Schweickart and the air to ground audio from Schweickart and Scott's EVA. Television Transmission #1 - Test of the LM TV system. Shows McDivitt and Schweickart in LM. Short pass with partial video. Voice communications were intermittent during this pass. Television Transmission #2 - Test of the LM TV system. Shows McDivitt and Schweickart in LM, with McDivitt eating a meal. Longer pass with better communication. Recovery - Entry and recovery of the Apollo 9 spacecraft. Audio from retrofire and recovery.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jim McDivitt, Rusty Schweickart, Dave Scott
  • Directors: Mark Gray
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Collector's Edition, Color, Full Screen, Original recording remastered, Restored, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Spacecraft Films
  • DVD Release Date: February 28, 2004
  • Run Time: 340 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007DBB5I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,861 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Laurenc SVITOK on March 3, 2005
Apollo 9 was a crucial flight before the actual Moon landing and one out of two Apollo missions which did not leave the Earth orbit (except Skylab and ASTP missions of course). This was a technology test flight practicing the rendezvous between CSM and LM, testing the Apollo lunar surface space suit and life support system, lunar spacewalks camera, transposition and docking maneuvers between CSM and Saturn V third stage with Lunar Module, this everything in the relatively safe Earth orbit environement.

Spacecraftfilms managed to put everything important together. Onboards are simply wonderful, mainly the footages of rendezvous and EVA with the majestic Earth in background. This you cannot see in any other Apollo missions materials, this hapenned only once. Inside the CSM sequences are unusually long and of very high quality showing much more interior details than other missions materials.

Apollo 9, however, suffered one rather big deviation from the flightplan and it was the shortening of Rusty Schweickart's EVA (due to his sickness)with cancellation of his move from LM into the CSM through the open space. Listening to all accompanying audio ( there is no video section without audio in this DVD)from press conferrences/interviews with astronauts and engineers you learn a lot of details and comparing the Vomit Comet training footage to actual EVA footage plus verbal explanations you understand perfectly what was the difference between the planned and actual EVA.

Recovery section is cut short again but it is better than in Apollo 10 DVD, you can see here the actual splashdown.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nigel A. Millard on February 6, 2008
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The Apollo 9: Spider Takes Flight DVD set is another well produced, and well researched offering from Spacecraft Films. The two-DVD-set contains the typical collection of pre-launch preparations, roll-out, multi angle launch views from pad and launch tower mounted cameras, in-flight 16mm movies and video, and re-enty and splashdown footage.

Amazingly parts of the first TV transmission from Apollo 9 have been lost in the seas of time, however this is compensated for by "LIVE FROM APOLLO 9" CBS coverage of the second transmission with commentary from Walter Cronkite. It is refreshing to see a true video image mastered directly from CBS video tape, this is not the usual conversion from NASA kinescope recordings. The other highlight of the DVD set is an extended, audio only, interview with Rusty Schweickart who talks at great length about his life, Apollo 9, and his earth orbit EVA.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Edwin James Crane on January 23, 2007
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Apollo 9 was the most complex, as well as crucial mission flown outside of

the J Missions. Apollo 9 was an all-out work out of the Saturn V, CSM and

the LM. The 16mm DAC of Dave Scott's stand up EVA, as well as that of the

CSM and LM, with the Earth below, are stunning! Another homerun with

Spacecraft Films.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike90125 on December 3, 2012
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The Spacecraft Films series is amazing. They document each moment of footage available on many of these flights.

I know rule #1 is to review the product, and not the maker or distributor. Having said that, it is pretty much common knowledge that Spacecraft Films is so slow to fulfill orders, that even though their website appears to be ready to fulfill orders, I know many people who are still waiting for orders?

There are space collecting websites, and the running 'Joke' is how GOOD Spacecraft Films are, but you can Never Get Them.

I've emailed them several times asking if I order will it be fulfilled. Emails Unanswered.

5 Stars for the Series! Just please make them more available, and answer your emails! Notice I took it out here, and not by giving a 5 star product 2 stars. It IS a 5 Star Product. I've just been trying to get them all for YEARS.
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