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Mar 05, 2019, 02:03 AM
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Apollo 11 review


Watched it in a manely empty IMAX theater. The audience was 1/2 of 1% of the usual audience size. When the flying part ended, some left. There was no-one under 50. For someone following the space program long before SpaceX, it was the same as many other documentaries we watched for the last 40 years. For those who just discovered the space program because of SpaceX, it should be exciting.


The sharper footage was manely confined to the liftoff, while the rest was the familiar 16mm & TV footage shown in split screens. They didn't use the slow scan footage of the 1st step but instead showed the view looking down from the window. Buzz's egress was the only thing shown in slow scan footage.


The 65mm footage was much smoother than expected, while lens aberrations of the time were greatly magnified on the big screen. The 16mm footage was much grainier than we've seen it before. Those of us who have viewed 8k scans of 35mm are familiar with how grainy film is at that resolution, so it's definitely not a cinematic effect.


The only revelation for the lion kingdom was new footage Buzz took of a solar eclipse from the capsule. He couldn't hold the camera steady enough to capture the corona, but he described it.

After the ordeal of driving 2000 miles & camping overnight to see 2 minutes of solar eclipse, masses of tourists are just going to take a rocket flight to the right place in space to see a solar eclipse, any time they want.
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Mar 18, 2019, 09:40 PM
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I had the same experience - empty theater, no one born after 1969. Some of the footage was new to me, for example they had shots from the command module during the transit that I hadn't seen.


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