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From: Next to LEM, Descartes Highlands, Moon
Registered: Jan 2017

posted 11-23-2021 06:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for apollo16uvc   Click Here to Email apollo16uvc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Aerial 4x5 negatives taken from Titusville, Florida Harbor shortly before the Apollo 11 launch. Shows crowds of people and cars in great detail.

The photographer is unfortunately unknown.

Master scans of original negatives performed at 160Mp, for Flickr reduced to 40Mp.

Commented by AS_501 on the NASA Spaceflight forum:

Judging by the shadows cast by the trees and various structures, I'm guessing shortly before launch (9:32am DST). Also note that people seem to have moved to the best positions to watch the launch, ie they don't wander for hours before launch.

Example of negative after scan:

05 cropped to landscape:



David Carey

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posted 11-23-2021 09:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for David Carey   Click Here to Email David Carey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Film is great. The vantage points and resolution here really convey the environment and excitement. Great find and thanks for sharing.

With the enlarged version I could do a “Where’s Waldo?”on my favorite childhood car and spot at least five VW buses on the two peninsulas. Our ‘64 bug was fine but always wished my father had gone for the 23-window bus.


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From: Ontario, Canada
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posted 11-23-2021 03:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Aerial-00 photo is reversed.


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From: Vancouver, WA, USA
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posted 11-26-2021 06:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Headshot   Click Here to Email Headshot     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow! Comparing these aerial photographs taken in 1969 to today's Google Maps of the same area is amazing.


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From: Dumfries, VA, USA
Registered: Aug 2014

posted 11-27-2021 06:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jonnyed   Click Here to Email Jonnyed     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great photos. Any rough guesses on the altitude that these photos were taken...roughly 500-1000 ft?

Also, airspace would have been closed around the launch site, correct? How close are we to that Saturn V airspace boundary line in this plane?

Thanks again for posting photos. Awesome.

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