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FFrench
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posted 08-27-2008 11:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone have a good photo, sketch or other good description of the Apollo-era LUT elevator (the actual elevator cab, not the outer doors)? Most of the footage I have seen is of the first elevator the astronauts took, not the second ride up to the white room level.

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FFrench
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posted 09-04-2008 06:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not having any luck here, so wondered if anyone could confirm a description I heard...

The elevator from the ground level to the pad base was mesh-screen enclosed, the one generally seen in the documentary footage. Then the second elevator the astronauts took, the LUT elevator up to the White Room level, was small and without windows (or if there were windows, they were very small).

Does this sound correct?

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Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-04-2008 07:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wasn't the LUT elevator preserved and restored as part of the Apollo-Saturn V Center at KSC?

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posted 09-04-2008 07:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spacecraft films   Click Here to Email spacecraft films     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think our Apollo 8 set has a point-of-view walk between the two elevators.

I know it is on one of our sets. I'll see if I can find it.

edit: yes, there is a point of view walk from the pad all the way up to the white room. Disc 1 of Apollo 8.

Mark

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posted 09-04-2008 09:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
Wasn't the LUT elevator preserved and restored as part of the Apollo-Saturn V Center at KSC?
Indeed it is, but you can only see it from the outside, so I couldn't gauge what the interior would look like once it rose above the entryway, and what the view (if any) might be.
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Originally posted by spacecraft films:
I think our Apollo 8 set has a point-of-view walk between the two elevators.
I know it is on one of our sets. I'll see if I can find it.

edit: yes, there is a point of view walk from the pad all the way up to the white room. Disc 1 of Apollo 8.


Wonderful, Mark, thanks! I just watched it - it cuts out before they get too close to the elevator, and only begins again once they have rode it, but we can see the doors open and close, and it appears to be a fully enclosed type, no windows or mesh. If anyone knows otherwise or can point me in the direction of more footage, it would be much appreciated... thanks! I'm guessing from Mark's footage that there was nothing to see, so no reason to film that part...

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posted 09-04-2008 09:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spacecraft films   Click Here to Email spacecraft films     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Now I am thinking that somewhere there is a shot moving up alongside the S-1C and the S-II, but I don't remember where it was. I will see if I can pin that down.

It might give you a better idea of the view. I know it looks totally enclosed, but I do not think it was. I think it looks that way because the landing enclosed it.

I'll do some thinking on any other footage I have.

Mark

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posted 09-04-2008 09:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks so much, Mark, that would be greatly appreciated. As you may have guessed, this is for a writing project, not just idle curiosity, so your help is most valued.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-04-2008 10:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by FFrench:
Indeed it is, but you can only see it from the outside, so I couldn't gauge what the interior would look like once it rose above the entryway, and what the view (if any) might be.
No promises (of course), but I'll make a couple of inquiries to see if there are photos of the elevator itself taken during the restoration (assuming the elevator cabin was preserved).

FFrench
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posted 09-04-2008 10:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks, Robert!

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posted 09-05-2008 06:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ejectr   Click Here to Email ejectr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ask Gunther Wendt or Stephen Clemmons. Maybe they know.

FFrench
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posted 10-11-2008 08:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm continuing to look for anything on this one, and appreciate any assistance. So far, the only other thing I have seen is 30 mins. into the Apollo 13 Hanks movie, where the recreated scene implies a mesh-sided elevator ride all the way up - which doesn't seem to fit with the brief footage and recollections found so far...

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