Apollo 9: Spider Takes Flight
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(Feb 28, 2004)
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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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.
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
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. Capsule recovery from the seas is very short and it would definitely be very interesting to see what hapenned to the flotation collar which collapsed before the capsule was picked up from the water.
All we can see is a several seconds sequence where you can see something is out of normal but you do not know why.
If you like the history of the manned spaceflight you must have this material, you will find it nowhere else in this form. Excellent material (again), Spacecraftfilms!