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Published on Feb 26, 2012
Apollo 17 launch top photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mrdanbe.... Can not forgotten, 40 years ago, I was at the Press-site at the Kennedy Space Center accredited by NASA to witness with the greatest journalists of this time, for the last Apollo lunar mission. Since December 3, I visit the facility launches, assembly and training. I attend all the press conferences (Alan Shepard, Rocco Petrone etc.). Also several photo shoots of the Saturn-5 day and night. It's been two days that I have not slept and around me, there is Walter Cronkite of CBS, Jules Bergman of ABC, Ralph Morse of Life magazine, whoops! Wernher Von Braun passes before me. It is hot and humid as a summer night. After over 2 hours late, I am now with photographers on the side of Banana River, which separates us from the rocket launch to 3 miles. I stand by with "Bell & Howell Super 8 movie camera kit "with Filmosound tape cassettes recorder with an system automatic sound adjustment", connected with the camera. Everyone is looking forward and hope that will not another disorder technique because the launch will be postponed (a month). You will hear during the countdown and launch of clicks after all these cameras and you have the sound of a large transistor radio coverage with the launch of Apollo 17 in directly to a station. Now it's 0:33. In - 4 secs. ignition of five F-1 engines are visible with a big blinding flash of light. The sound is absent, but the ground shakes, it's an earthquake! At 0 sec. The rocket rises slowly to the ramp. The flame grows bright! This is a sunrise orange with light effects in the fire of diamonds. One can see bursts of shock waves that appear around the rocket. This is absolutely amazing! Everyone is hysterical. With more than 11 secs. The launch tower is clear and the sound comes from a violent blow, rumbling low frequencies and multiple clicks clear, as dozens of lashes. The rocket takes an angle in the sky and the sound becomes louder and extremely heavy with thunder in the tens to the second. We are totally overwhelmed by the noise. It's like a situation out of control and too impressive at the same time. Sound, we shot the belly and we hammered the entire body. Nothing can be comparable. The sky became illuminated like daylight, but like orange on Mars. Fantastic! Wonderful! Before me, the men went to the moon. This is wonderful and memorable ... I was 16, I was very serious, very aware and well documented to live this historic event. You see in the movie, Ralph Morse Life magazine and in the VIP stand: Jimmy Carter Governor of Georgia and future president of the United States, Arthur C. Clark and Connie Stevens actress. firstname.lastname@example.org See also: Apollo 17 launch, SPECTACULAR NEW VIDEO with VERY RARE PHOTOS, December 7, 1972 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9iur-... and the best Apollo 17 launch PHOTO: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mrdanbe...