Shuttlesource is proud to release some rare footage from the first flight of the space shuttle program. This collection of 6-DVD's covers the first space shuttle mission on April 12, 1981. Coverage includes hard-to-find pre-flight NASA briefings and countdown footage direct from NASA TV. Total footage is 7 hours and 20 minutes.
DVD #1: STS-1 Prime Crew Press Conference John Young & Robert Crippen (48 min)
Great Q&A with John Young and Robert Crippen at the Johnson Space Center in Houston talking about the first mission and answering questions from the media.
DVD #2: STS-1 Set of 3 Pre-Launch NASA Briefings (1 hr 24 min)
The first briefing is on March 6, 1981 with a general launch status update and the efforts around re-bonding of the foam insulation on the external tank. The second briefing was held on March 12, 1981 with the legendary Bob Sieck discussing the countdown preparations and launch readiness. The last briefing is with Alan Lovelace, the Acting Administrator of NASA, discussing the launch readiness for the then April 10 launch date. All briefings are moderated by Hugh Harris.
DVD #3: STS-1 Pre-Launch Preparations & Engine Test Firing (16 min) NO AUDIO
Retraction of the rotating service structure on pad 39A and test firing of the 3 space shuttle main engines in preparation for the first launch. Video quality of this footage is grainy.
DVD #4: NASA Select Countdown/Launch Footage, Launch (90 min)
Short snippets of commentary from crew breakfast to main engine cutoff in orbit. Continuous uninterrupted coverage from T-9 in the countdown through to main engine cutoff with the legendary launch commentator Hugh Harris. This is rare footage of the NASA feed without any network commentary talking over the communications.
DVD #5: Network coverage of Launch (2 hrs)
Various networks covering the launch countdown through to achieving the first orbit.
DVD #6: Network coverage of Landing (1 hr 20 min)
Various networks covering the entry to landing through to rollout of Columbia at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
Please note all footage is 1980's video quality with a degree of graininess and does not measure up to today's digital standards. Product ships via USPS in 3-4 business days. With a collection of 600+ DVD's, I fill custom video orders for all 135 space shuttle missions including requests for full countdowns, on-orbit operations, landings or flight briefings. Please reach out if you have any questions.