40 years ago, the last Apollo moon mission lifted off, carrying Gene Cernan, Harrison “Jack” Schmitt and Ron Evans to Taurus Littrow. Here’s great launch video taken that night/morning on December 7, 1972. The Saturn V turned night into day! Video by Mr. Dan Beaumont on YouTube.

Best highlight of this video: the onlooker saying, “OH SH-T!” as the main engines light up. My reaction exactly, and I wasn’t even there.  

Emily Carney is a writer, space enthusiast, and creator of the This Space Available space blog, published since 2010. In January 2019, Emily’s This Space Available blog was incorporated into the National Space Society’s blog. The content of Emily’s blog can be accessed via the This Space Available blog category.

Note: The views expressed in This Space Available are those of the author and should not be considered as representing the positions or views of the National Space Society.

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