On July 16, 1969 Apollo 11 blasted the first humans to the moon.
The exciting countdown to blast off and the thrilling sight of the rockets leaving the ground can be seen in this great video which stretches 30 seconds of action to over eight minutes of viewing time.
The Apollo 11 Saturn V space vehicle climbs toward orbit after liftoff from Pad 39A at 9:32 a.m. EDT. In 2 1/2 minutes of powered flight, the S-IC booster lifts the vehicle to an altitude of about 39 miles some 55 miles downrange. This photo was taken with a 70mm telescopic camera mounted in an Air Force EC-135N plane. Onboard are astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr. Date:7/16/1969
“The Saturn V vehicle produced a holocaust of flames,” says NASA.