Space News
space history and artifacts articles

Messages
space history discussion forums

Sightings
worldwide astronaut appearances

Resources
selected space history documents

Websites
related space history websites

  collectSPACE: Messages
  Space Events & Happenings
  ABC Good Morning America names the Saturn V among '7 Wonders of America'

Post New Topic  Post A Reply
profile | register | preferences | faq | search

next newest topic | next oldest topic
Author Topic:   ABC Good Morning America names the Saturn V among '7 Wonders of America'
Robert Pearlman
Editor

Posts: 27327
From: Houston, TX
Registered: Nov 1999

posted 05-08-2008 11:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Huntsville Times: Saturn V's spot on 'GMA' list honors creators
The Apollo Saturn V moon rocket, born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama, to lift men on their journeys to the moon nearly 40 years ago, is about to be named one of the "7 Wonders of America" by ABC-TV's "Good Morning America."

...ABC's Huntsville affiliate, WAAY-TV, said Wednesday that "Good Morning America" will broadcast live segments Monday from the Davidson Center for Space Exploration.

"GMA" created a panel of travelers, naturalists, scientists and others to pick the nation's seven wonders, and has revealed one choice each day over the past week, including the Grand Canyon, the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and the Arctic National Wildlife Preserve.

A series of clues is posted on the show's Web site for viewers to guess at the remaining wonders. One clue features pictures of the Apollo command module atop the Saturn V and the voice of astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, who was a member of the "GMA" panel as well as host of the PBS series "NOVA ScienceNow" and director of the Hayden Planetarium.

He says, "That is the most wondrous piece of hardware there ever was."

And from Space Camp [via e-mail]:
Good Morning America has named our Saturn V 500D/F as one of the 7 Wonders of America. The official announcement will be broadcast on Monday, May 12, and staff from ABC Television are already here in Huntsville preparing for the show that will broadcast from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. (Eastern and Central times).
For more information, see Good Morning America's "7 Wonders of America".

Blackarrow
Member

Posts: 2024
From: Belfast, United Kingdom
Registered: Feb 2002

posted 05-10-2008 11:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wonderful news! Even though I already knew all the statistics about the Saturn V, it just didn't prepare me for the reality. As I went through the doors of the Saturn V Center at KSC last June and was confronted by the sight of those five F1 engines, my jaw dropped, my heart skipped a beat and all the little hairs on the back of my neck stood up. No American should miss the opportunity to see a Saturn V, and mere foreigners like me should rush to join the queue, too.

ApolloAlex
Member

Posts: 355
From: Bromsgrove, England
Registered: Oct 2004

posted 05-10-2008 03:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ApolloAlex   Click Here to Email ApolloAlex     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Blackarrow:
No American should miss the opportunity to see a Saturn V, and mere foreigners like me should rush to join the queue, too.
Absolutely these machines are testament to a time when dreams were real, I never saw one launch and every time I have visited the Kennedy Space Center I cannot get enough of walking up and down such a superb machine and I too marvel at the size of the F1 engines and to have met the men who have flown aboard these behemoths has been a dream come true.

I can only hope that anybody can see that the Saturn V is a great wonder and you can also experience the hairs on your neck stand up when you see it in its glory.

Mr Meek
Member

Posts: 348
From: Chattanooga, TN
Registered: Dec 2007

posted 05-10-2008 10:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mr Meek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The good news is, all three will be around for a long time now. Of course, I'm a little prejudiced towards good ol' SA-500D/F. You get a 1:1 mockup outside in addition to the main attraction inside. Plus, it was von Braun's baby, cleverly "stored" right off the property.

Nice to see it getting some recognition, especially considering that many folks have no idea that Huntsville had anything to do with Apollo. Kennedy Space Center, and even Johnson Space Center are more easily recognizable. I'm happy to see ABC going to the 'home' of the Saturn V.

Mr Meek
Member

Posts: 348
From: Chattanooga, TN
Registered: Dec 2007

posted 05-12-2008 12:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mr Meek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Did anybody record the segments? I saw one on ABC's website, and was underwhelmed. Rather than stand the talking head next to the real deal, they stuck him in a cherry picker next to the mockup. The only segment I could find on their website with any real info was the 3-minute video that was originally played at the Davidson Center dedication.

Oh well.

Robert Pearlman
Editor

Posts: 27327
From: Houston, TX
Registered: Nov 1999

posted 05-12-2008 10:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Courtesy a reader, photographs from this morning's Good Morning America broadcast at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center:

mikej
Member

Posts: 374
From: Germantown, WI USA
Registered: Jan 2004

posted 05-13-2008 06:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mikej   Click Here to Email mikej     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Mr Meek:
Did anybody record the segments? I saw one on ABC's website, and was underwhelmed. Rather than stand the talking head next to the real deal, they stuck him in a cherry picker next to the mockup.

Yes, I did record it, and yes, I was similarly underwhelmed.

I think I counted 15 different times, sprinkled throughout the show, that they broadcast from the USSRC. Most of those, however, where things like outtros to commercials that lasted less than a minute (several less than 30 seconds). I think the longest spot was about 5 minutes, with another one or two 3-minute spots.

Rest assured that they did put the talking head in the cherry picker in front of the Saturn V in the Davidson Center (although he was in the cherry picker in front of the mock-up again a couple more times).

Strictly speaking, the "Wonder of America" being featured was not the Saturn V itself or even the space program, but rather America's "pioneering spirit." In addition to the Saturn V, they also had footage and interviews for an underwater habitat off of Florida's south coast. One of the aquanauts had a quote, which was equally appropriate to the space program, to the effect that the reason they live underwater for extended periods is that discovery doesn't occur when things you expect happen, but rather when the unexpected happens.

I first became away of the GMA segment when Jackie Dannenberg sent an email that Konrad would be interviewed for the show. ABC moved the date around a couple of times, until finally the segment at the USSRC was announced.

After the show, I asked Jackie if Konrad would actually be on any time in the future. She said that, while they taped interviews with Konrad and other rocket engineers, she was unaware of any plans for those interviews to be aired.

To say that she was underwhelmed by GMA would be an understatement.

Mr Meek
Member

Posts: 348
From: Chattanooga, TN
Registered: Dec 2007

posted 05-13-2008 10:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mr Meek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I guess we can't have too much actual information that early in the morning. It's really too bad, though not surprising, that they couldn't be bothered to get some basic facts right. I mean, schoolchildren 40 years ago seemed to grasp the idea of a multi-stage rocket. From what I saw, there wasn't even an attempt to really explain how powerful, how complex, how huge, and how dangerous a fully-fueled Saturn V was.

I mean, if you ever wanted to see a physical manifestation of the country coming together as a whole, you need only find footage of a launch. It took people in just about every part of the United States doing their jobs perfectly to get an Apollo mission aloft.

The Saturn V may have been conceived in Huntsville, but it took an entire country to bring it into the world.

It is a profound disappointment that this is no longer in the public consciousness.

Hilary
New Member

Posts:
From:
Registered:

posted 05-13-2008 12:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hilary   Click Here to Email Hilary     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Living here in Huntsville, this even was hyped by the local media as being a big event in Huntsville. Yes, GMA mentioned Huntsville, was at USSRC, but I do think that overall more time was spent discussing underwater exploration than space exploration. I know that the overall theme was that of exploration and discovery, but a little more time in spent on Huntsville and the space program would have been nice. After all, there were many people there that could have been interviewed (or at least mentioned during the live shots). I know that it was mentioned that Konrad Dannenberg was there, but there were others there as well (Homer Hickam, Ed Buckbee, Steve Cook, Axel Roth, and Owen Garriot) that GMA did not bother to show. It just did not seem to me that Sam Champion or GMA really got what Huntsville and the space program was all about. It was really disappointing to me that this great opportunity was missed by ABC.

NASAVideographer
New Member

Posts:
From:
Registered:

posted 05-17-2008 12:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NASAVideographer   Click Here to Email NASAVideographer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Steve Cook, Homer Hickam, Ed Buckbee and Konrad Dannenburg were asked to be there by the local ABC affiliate. WAAY decided they were going to have their own 2 hour live broadcast and wanted to bring in some local folks to talk about why it's important for Huntsville to not only have the Saturn V but also have the spotlight shine here...even if it was for only one day. I was a constant struggle for the local affiliate to "stay out of the way" of the GMA crew.

You can see the pics here...

All times are CT (US)

next newest topic | next oldest topic

Administrative Options: Close Topic | Archive/Move | Delete Topic
Post New Topic  Post A Reply
Hop to:

Contact Us | The Source for Space History & Artifacts

Copyright 1999-2012 collectSPACE.com All rights reserved.


Ultimate Bulletin Board 5.47a





advertisement