Click the image for a 59 second 7MB MPEG4 video file.
A Westinghouse Color Camera, using the sequential colour system, was used to provide live video of the Apollo 13 launch to the Network Pool. This was the only time a colour camera mounted on the LUT provided live video.
The Network Pool switched to this camera just as the Saturn V raced by – but it didn’t show the scene, moments earlier, when the five F1 engines ignited. It’s possible this complete sequence has never been broadcast.
You can see a bird fly directly over the LES at “ignition sequence start”. It exits the screen on the centre-right.
Video encoded by Colin Mackellar. The picture has been streteched slightly from the original 4:3 format to compensate for the wide-angle lens used.
With grateful thanks to Stan Lebar, Westinghouse Apollo Lunar Camera Program Manager, who supplied the video.
The voice of “Apollo Launch Control” is Chuck Hollingshead.
Herre’s a letter from Stan Lebar, Westinghouse Apollo Lunar Camera Program Manager, to the author, written in 2009, with some more details on the use of the colour camera.