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uzzi69
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posted 08-10-2002 11:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for uzzi69   Click Here to Email uzzi69     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've seen a couple of neat commercials this weekend. The first one was for Office Depot...

The other was for the newest shuttle astronaut... the Michelin Man!

Cliff Lentz
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posted 08-12-2002 08:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cliff Lentz   Click Here to Email Cliff Lentz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a third.

I didn't catch the car company, but the idea of the commercial is a guy is dreaming about the great ride he's getting in this type of car. All of sudden you see he's on the shuttle in the last few seconds of countdown and he quickly pulls down his visor and the shuttle lifts off.

RMH
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posted 11-07-2003 03:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RMH   Click Here to Email RMH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Molson Canadian Beer has a fantastic commercial out now relating to space.

Kirsten
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posted 11-08-2003 12:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kirsten   Click Here to Email Kirsten     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a neat job vacancy ad (from 1999) hanging on my wall. It shows an astronaut orbiting Earth in an MMU and says something like: "We don't mind you having extravagant hobbies - as long as you'll make it to the office at Mondays on time."

music_space
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posted 11-24-2003 10:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for music_space   Click Here to Email music_space     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Two more commercials involving manned space exploration on Canadian TV.
  1. Far away in a field (more reminiscent of Kazakstan than the cape) is a Saturn V poised to take off. All of the sudden a old car drives by and a spacesuited man gets off and runs towards the now taking off rocket he just missed because he slept in. For Timex watches with alarm. I like it for its reference to the sixties.

  2. Two suited pilots in a shuttle-like vehicle get their weekly radio com with wives. One guy's wife tells him that she can't use the car anymore. He teases her, then she snaps back and tells him he took off with the car's remote. He fetches it in his suit pocket and aims it at the surface. The signal has to go through a nearby MIR-like station before reaching. For a remote-control retailer.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-13-2010 10:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Reviving this 2002 thread with a recent example...

jasonelam
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posted 07-13-2010 12:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jasonelam   Click Here to Email jasonelam     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Love the opening of the Chevy commercial: "Once upon a time, a bunch of guys got together with a crazy idea...."

Don't we wish it could be that way now...

Rick
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posted 07-17-2010 09:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick   Click Here to Email Rick     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Alan Shepard's Apollo 14 golf shot is featured in a new commercial being shown on ESPN. And, yes, it's being shown during tonight's NASCAR event... take THAT all you NASCAR naysayers!!!

Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-06-2010 08:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
New OfficeMax commercial...

Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-10-2010 09:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A bit of space history in the making, this Blackberry Torch ad includes Armadillo Aerospace's vertical takeoff, vertical landing (VTVL) rockets.

Fezman92
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posted 10-10-2010 11:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There was one a little while back, I never caught who it was for but someone was walking by a newspaper and on the front page, you could clearly see a shuttle launch.

mikej
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posted 10-14-2010 07:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mikej   Click Here to Email mikej     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The wife saved this commercial on the DVR for me:

It starts with what turns out to be the conclusion of a job interview; there are mostly-indistinguishable rocket models throughout the room. On the far wall is that picture of Bumper 8.

While the fellow in the short-sleeved white shirt and black tie is expressing his doubts about the candidate, the "suit" is looking out the window as the candidate is walking back to his car and, seeing car's logo, calls the engineer over and says the they just may have found their next rocket scientist.

The funny thing is that they cut from the engineer standing in front of the picture of Bumper 8 immediately to a shot of the car's bumper, which I thought was a nice touch.

I rewound the commercial a couple of times and tried explaining to my wife how clever I thought the commercial was. It wasn't until the third time through that I realized that they weren't featuring the car's bumper, but rather the car's logo on the front grill. Oops!

(Maybe I should have posted this in the "You might be a space geek if ..." thread :-)

J.L
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posted 10-15-2010 11:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for J.L   Click Here to Email J.L     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Obviously Hollywood and the advertising world gets it. Too bad the politicians can't see the allure.

dom
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posted 05-25-2011 02:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dom   Click Here to Email dom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This shuttle-themed TV advertisement for a well-known opticians - remember that, it's important to the punch line - has recently started airing.

If you missed it - enjoy!

Tykeanaut
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posted 05-25-2011 03:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Had missed this thread before but have now watched all the videos. They're great!

Blackarrow
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posted 05-25-2011 06:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The "Specsavers" shuttle advert is an instant classic.

music_space
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posted 05-27-2011 12:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for music_space   Click Here to Email music_space     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is a 1985 Pepsi commercial:

music_space
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posted 05-27-2011 12:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for music_space   Click Here to Email music_space     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
British Airways:

mark plas
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posted 11-07-2012 06:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mark plas   Click Here to Email mark plas     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I found this commercial with Gene Cernan. It was shot May this year in Rotterdam. Why didn't I know about this!!

Henry Heatherbank
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posted 11-07-2012 07:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Henry Heatherbank     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great ad. Even better message. Shocking jacket.

garymilgrom
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posted 11-07-2012 07:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Goodyear is running an ad showing the LRV on the moon to highlight the diversity of their product line. Can be seen on many racing shows.

golddog
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posted 11-09-2012 12:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for golddog     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Henry Heatherbank:
Great ad. Even better message. Shocking jacket.

C'mon, its not that bad!

Robert Pearlman
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posted 11-09-2012 10:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Toyota is now airing a commercial featuring their Tundra pickup towing the space shuttle Endeavour on its way to the California Science Center.

(To answer an anticipated question, the weight cited, 292,000 pounds breaks down as follows: Orbiter (Endeavour): 150,000 pounds; overland transporter: 27,500 pounds; beams: 44,500 pounds; bolster beams: 11,500 pounds; dollies: 52,000 pounds; miscellaneous: 5,000 pounds.)

star51L
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posted 01-26-2013 09:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for star51L   Click Here to Email star51L     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For those of you into desktop customization, I happened across this from Deviantart.

Editor's note: Threads merged. The linked art originates from a Carlsberg beer print ad.

Dave Clow
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posted 01-27-2013 11:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Clow   Click Here to Email Dave Clow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by garymilgrom:
Goodyear is running an ad showing the LRV on the moon to highlight the diversity of their product line. Can be seen on many racing shows.

This spot is causing more than a little consternation. Goodyear's suggesting that they had something to do with the Rover tires, but they didn't. Ferenc Pavlics of GM designed the Rover and invented the Rover tires. Boeing and GM fabricated the vehicle. I tried getting Goodyear to correct this, but they never replied.

Cozmosis22
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posted 01-29-2013 11:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cozmosis22     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Regarding the Goodyear issue, apparently back in 2008 or so they were working with NASA on the next generation lunar rover.

garymilgrom
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posted 02-18-2013 08:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
During the broadcast of the opening race of the NASCAR season Friday night Toyota had a commercial featuring the orbiter Endeavour during its move to the California Science Center.

Here's a shot of a Toyota truck pulling the orbiter.

Toyota Orbiter 2_400

And here's a close up shot from an angle that shows the orbiter's thermal tiles.

Toy Orbiter Tiles 400

WAWalsh
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posted 02-25-2013 12:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for WAWalsh   Click Here to Email WAWalsh     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not in a location where I can find it, but the classic example for this category would be Pete Conrad's American Express ("You don't know me") commercial.

Glint
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posted 10-09-2013 01:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Glint   Click Here to Email Glint     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Saw what is apparently a new commercial for USAA insurance. That's the insurance that specializes in selling to members of the armed services and their families. The ads often feature family members stating the "when and where" their insurance coverage began. Usually the year and where the family member served.

In the advertisement, a young woman says, and I'm paraphrasing, "in 1971 while orbiting the moon." Several members of the family are then shown holding what appears to be a white spacesuit photograph of Apollo 14 CMP Stu Roosa, if I'm not mistaken. Apparently Mr. Roosa's family members are in the commercial. Very poignant.

J.L
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posted 10-09-2013 01:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for J.L   Click Here to Email J.L     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes... saw that commercial. I believe it was Jack Roosa, and they show a launch day suit-up photo of Stu. They have my Apollo 14 image disc.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-09-2013 01:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is the USAA commercial being discussed:

And while on the subject of commercials, here is a series (in one video) of Russian commercials for the NIVA jeep-like vehicle:

Glint
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posted 10-09-2013 02:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Glint   Click Here to Email Glint     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Robert, thanks for moving my post to the appropriate thread and for locating the commerical and providing a link.

Unlike nearly all others out there, that touching commercial is actually a joy to watch.

mikepf
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posted 01-12-2014 06:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mikepf   Click Here to Email mikepf     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The gas station by my house has little vid screens on the pumps that play commercials while you pump gas.I never pay attention since the audio doesn't work, and I don't want to watch commercials. Much to my surprise, I saw Buzz Aldrin talking to a blond lady as I hung up the pump. No idea what it was all about. Kind of makes me regret having a Prius since it'll be a while till I'll need gas again.

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posted 01-12-2014 07:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JPSastro   Click Here to Email JPSastro     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Current TV commercial for Cadillac titled Shoot for the Moon featuring the decent audio clip from the Apollo 11 mission.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-15-2014 08:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Toyota's new commercial "Science Project" features space shuttle Endeavour:

pupnik
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posted 08-15-2014 08:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for pupnik     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Verizon Wireless is running an ad as well that features the space shuttle in it.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-17-2014 02:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Imagine where Buzz would've gone in today's Jockey underwear:

MCroft04
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posted 08-17-2014 06:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great one Robert! I especially like the punch in the face.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 08-17-2014 07:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The 9/11 Memorial Museum in NYC is using in its TV ads footage presumably shot from space as well as a voiceover from Frank Culbertson, the only American off the planet during that time.

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