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This color newsreel from the “Aeronautics and Space Report” highlights the mission of Lunar Orbiter 5 and progress on the Saturn V rocket, as one is assembled and moved to Pad 39 at Cape Kennedy on the huge transporter. This is copyright 1967.

Opening titles: NASA presents Aeronautics and Space Report – Lunar Orbiter (:18-:46). The Moon. Photos of the moon were taken by the Lunar Orbiter 5. Animation of Orbiter as it floats by the moon. NASA’s Langley, VA center where the pictures are processed and viewed (:47-1:26). NASA engineers look over the pictures for landing sites for the Apollo missions. Crater features are studied. Mountains and craters on the Moon including the Crater Copernicus. In a previous mission, Lunar Orbiter 2 reviewed the crater from another angle. Multiple photos of the lunar surface put together as a mosaic (1:27-2:46). Title: Saturn V to Pad 39. Chronicles the movement of the first assembled Saturn V rocket to Pad 39. The gigantic transporter moves slowly from the assembly building to the pad (2:47-4:06). The Saturn V stands on the launchpad. Flames shoot out as a rocket — not a Saturn V but another vehicle — is launched (4:07-4:42). End credits (4:43-4:55).

Lunar Orbiter 5 was one of five spacecraft designed to take additional Apollo and Surveyor landing site photography and to take broad survey images of unphotographed parts of the Moon’s far side. It was also equipped to collect selenodetic, radiation intensity, and micrometeoroid impact data and was used to evaluate the Manned Space Flight Network tracking stations and Apollo Orbit Determination Program. The spacecraft acquired photographic data from August 6 to 18, 1967. A total of 633 high resolution and 211 medium resolution frames at resolution down to 2 meters (6 ft 7 in) were acquired, bringing the cumulative photographic coverage by the five Lunar Orbiter craft to 99% of the Moon’s surface.

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