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This short and very worn fragment of 16mm film is from NASA and details the upcoming launch of Pioneer F (Which would be re-designated Pioneer 10 after launch) in 1972. Enjoy!
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13 thoughts on “The mission of pioneer f 1972”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars CARL iCON says:

    Jumpin' Jupiter..considering it was spinning at 60 rpm, it's amazing it made it through the millions of objects in the asteroid belt!

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Winston Deleon says:

    Right down to the background music, this is THE MOST early-ish '70s thing I think I've ever seen.

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jason Arnold says:

    With the RF bands completley swamped with noise from everything now I'm shocked we can even pick up those signals still.

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars xjet says:

    I remember growing up as a "nerdy" kid in the 1960s — it was a fantastic time for space exploration. It seemed that almost every week a bold new step in the exploration of space would take place. We really thought men would be on Mars well before the end of the 20th century and that we'd have a large and thriving moonbase population by then also.

    My memories include watching the first "space walk", the docking of two spacecraft in the leadup to the moon landings and the first time a manned craft did an orbit of the moon. Back in those days there was no "live" broadcasts of this stuff, we had to wait until the footage had been delivered by aircraft and then shown on the 6pm TV news in glorious black and white.

    It was early morning in my part of the world when Neil Armstrong first stepped foot on the moon and I recall that I was on my bicycle with my "6-transistor radio" held to my ear, hanging on every word of the live radio feed from NASA.

    We really believed that anything was possible back then. Things have changed a bit now of course because back then we didn't know what we didn't know so there were no real perceived road-blocks to manned space exploration.

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ashley Butcher says:

    It's incredible to me that Pioneer 10 ("Pioneer F") will actually be the 5th spacecraft to leave the heliosphere, theoretically passing the heliopause in 2057, even though it will be the first of the five to be launched. The first two are obviously Voyager 1 (2012) and Voyager 2 (2018), but third should be Pioneer 11 ("Pioneer G", about 2027), followed by New Horizons (about 2043) and finally Pioneer 10… The scale of space, and the speed these things are travelling just melts my tiny little brain.

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Paul Turner says:

    Humm, if the asteroid belt is composed of millions of “tiny planets” then I say Pluto is a planet. 🚀💯

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Johnathan Davis says:

    My neighbor buddy's dad worked for NASA at the Goldstone Deep Space Tracking Station near Barstow, CA where we lived in the early 70's. He brought home lots of very cool color photos and posters of NASA images from these probes (Pioneer series, Voyager, Mariner, Viking,) and from Apollo too. My room was covered with them when I was 10-12 years old…

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Gustav Gnöttgen says:

    That narrator's voice… He sounds like he enters the country club's smoking room with a wheelbarrow for his unnecessarily huge… assets

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Franko Walker says:

    It's because of missions like that, that we know this film is wrong about Jupiter and it's moons. Oh the irony.

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars PJ Lombard says:

    He says that Jupiter could be as Earth was "several billion years ago". These films were usually quite well researched and factual, but that seems very incorrect to me.

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars neon john says:

    How fortunate those of us who came up in the 60s and 70s were. From Gemini onward, I was totally into it! Constantly something new and amazing – each year surpassing the last. In music as well! The Beatles AND the space program. How lucky we were! OK, the cities were burning and Vietnam sucked – but we tend to remember the good stuff!. Thanks Fran!

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Paul Grosse says:

    It was all so futuristic back in those days – now, of course, it is still just about functioning and we are talking about hardware that was around half a century ago. Nice one.

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars number 33 says:

    Presumably, when your background music is provided by a toddler tinkering on a piano it's immune from copywrite strikes.

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