Apollo Raw and Uncut

31/07/2009

Between 1966 and 1972 NASA collected around 22 hours of 16mm film footage shot in space and on the surface of the Moon during the Apollo missions. For the last forty years this unique collection has been kept in very cold storage at the Johnson Space Centre in Houston. The film rolls have only been brought out of storage a handful of times to transfer onto new tape formats, and only brief portions from a few of the most popular clips have ever been used in documentary films.

In a unique collaboration with the online archive film company Footagevault, visitors to the Science Museum, London, will get the exclusive opportunity to see the entire Apollo film archive for free in high definition. The screenings will take place daily from now until 31 August.

Highlights:

• The nine Earthrise moments shot on Apollo missions 10, 11 and 12
• The full 9.5 minute slow motion lunar rover ‘Grand Prix’
• An extended 11.5 minute sequence shot from the astronaut’s perspective – showing the view of a drive on the lunar rover through the Moon’s rugged Highlands.
• The spectacular and iconic onboard shots from inside the Saturn V rocket during staging in high Earth orbit.
• Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the lunar surface seen from the window of the Lunar Module and filmed by Buzz Aldrin.
• Re-entry at 25,000 mph seen from inside the Command Module windows – looking back at the vortices of coloured plasma streaming backwards into the sky. And the subsequent parachute deployment seen from onboard.
• Breathtaking close up slow motion views of the Saturn V lifting off as seen from multiple cameras positioned around the launch pad.

Doug Millard, Senior Curator of Space Technology at the Science Museum said:

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Alongside the Science Museum’s peerless collection of space technology visitors this summer will get the exclusive chance to see exactly what the Apollo astronauts saw forty years ago. And not only are these films fascinating, but they are also beautiful and inspiring.”

Filmmaker and Principal Curator of Footagevault Dr Christopher Riley, said:

“I’m delighted that we have been able to partner with the Science Museum for this special anniversary screening of the entire Apollo film archive. ‘Apollo Raw and Uncut’ is a unique project which will, for the first time, present the Moon shots to the public - without the usual editing which documentary filmmaking enforces on our view of the Apollo story.”

Visitor Information

Apollo Raw and Uncut
FREE
Energy Briefing Room, Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD
Now – 31 August 2009
10.00 – 18.00 Daily
More information: www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/space

To browse the Apollo film collection online please visit: http://www.footagevault.com/apollo

This is part of the Science Museum’s space season which starts on 20 July and events take place throughout the summer holidays. There will be free family activities, highlighted Apollo 40th anniversary displays in the popular ‘Exploring Space’ gallery, a space themed ‘Lates’ for adults and ‘Cosmos & Culture’, a brand new exhibition. Space season is part of the Science Museum Centenary celebrations.

For more information please contact Andrew Marcus, Science Museum Press Office, on 020 7942 4357 / andrew.marcus@sciencemuseum.org.uk

Notes to Editors

From June 2009 the Science Museum is celebrating its hundredth birthday and a century of science with a year-long centenary programme to take the renowned institution into the future. For 100 years the Science Museum has been world-renowned for its historic collection, remarkable galleries and inspirational exhibitions. With around 15,000 objects on public display, the Science Museum’s collections form an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical change from the past few centuries. Aiming to be the best place in the world for people to enjoy science, the Science Museum makes sense of the science that shapes our lives, sparking curiosity, releasing creativity and changing the future by engaging people of all generations and backgrounds in science engineering, medicine, technology, design and enterprise. In 2008/09 the Science Museum was proud to have been awarded the Gold Award for Visitor Attraction of the Year by Visit London and a Silver Award for Large Visitor Attraction of the Year by Enjoy England.