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NASA, The Race To Space And Beyond
Our Public Domain Stock Footage titles document the iconic events surrounding the early history of NASA from its formation and the Space Race with its stunning triumphs and tragic failures culminating into the 1969 Moon Landing plus SkyLab Space Station and the beginning of the Space Shuttle Program.
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APOLLO 11 MISSION
EAGLE HAS LANDED

Documenting the story of the historic first landing of men on the Moon in July, 1969 through an 'eye-witness' perspective.
(public domain films) 29 min COL
NASA Early History Stock Footage
APOLLO 11 MISSION
FIRST LAUNCH TO THE MOON

Shows launch of first manned mission to moon starting with the Saturn V (Saturn Five) on the Mobile Launch Platform or MPL on way to Launch Complex 39A to the rocket in flight.
(public domain films) 1970 COL 16 min
NASA Early History Stock Footage
APOLLO 11 MISSION - MOON LANDING
NASA footage of the Apollo 11 Lunar Module with Astronaut Neil Armstrong and Astronaut Buzz Aldrin on board with the Lunar Module separating from Apollo 11 and landing on the moon.
(public domain films) 1969 COL 8min
NASA Early History Stock Footage
APOLLO 13 MISSION
HOUSTON WE'VE GOT A PROBLEM

After docking with the Lunar Module, the NASA astronauts, discover that their vital oxygen tanks have ruptured.
(public domain films) 1970 29 min COL
NASA Early History Stock Footage
APOLLO 17 MISSION
THE LAST MOON LANDING

The final lunar landing mission in the Apollo Program, Apollo 17 journeys to the Taurus-Littrow area of the moon.
(public domain films) 29 min COL
NASA Early History Stock Footage
CAPE, THE - 1963
Hightlights the events in 1963 of Cape Canaveral including the name change to Cape Kennedy and programs preparing for a landing on the moon.
(public domain films) 1963 COL 26 min
NASA Early History Stock Footage
EARLY SPACE RACE
Historic footage of the first 25 years of NASA providing valuable insight into the motivations behind the space race to the moon.
(public domain films) 60 min COL
NASA Early History Stock Footage
JC-130A: AIR RECOVERY OF SPACE CAPSULE
JC-130A Hercules aircraft snares a space capsule in mid-flight as it floats down on its parachute.
(public domain films) 1963 COL 8min (SILENT)
NASA Early History Stock Footage
JFK SPEECH - RICE UNIVERSITY
Unedited film footage of President John F. Kennedy’s speech expressing the nation's commitment to landing on the moon.
(public domain films) 1962 22 min COL
NASA Early History Stock Footage
JOHN GLENN - FRIENDSHIP 7
John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the Earth and is an important milestone in the race to the moon.
(public domain films) 1962 17 min COL
NASA Early History Stock Footage
NASA HD: VOLUME 2
APOLLO 11 RESTORED FILM

Iconic NASA restored film of U.S. astronauts stepping onto the surface of the moon for the first time, placing a commemorative plaque and raising the United States flag.
(royalty free stock footage) 1969 BW 2 min
NASA Early History Stock Footage
NASA HD: VOLUME 7
HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE - 20 YEARS OF DISCOVERY

Carried into orbit by the Space Shuttle Discovery in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) has revolutionized astronomical research with its stunning images deep into our Universe.
(royalty free stock footage) COL 16 min
NASA 1961 - FREEDOM SEVEN
Project Mercury, first American astronaut in space. Mercury-Redstone 3 was the first US manned space mission.
(public domain stock footage) 1960s COL 28min
Public Domain Stock Footage NASA 1961 Freedom Seven
NASA ASTRONAUTS - JUNGLE SURVIVAL TRAINING
NASA Astronauts visit the Panama Canal Zone for jungle survival training assisted by the local Choco natives and their knowledge of local food, fauna and environment.
(public domain stock footage) 1960's COL 6min (SILENT)
NASA Early History Stock Footage
OV-101 ENTERPRISE
AMERICA'S FIRST SPACE SHUTTLE

The Space Shuttle Enterprise is rolled out of Rockwell's plant at Palmdale, California and is part of the NASA Space Program to perform test flights in the atmosphere.
(public domain films) 1976 COL 15 min
NASA Early History Stock Footage
PROJECT MERCURY
MASTERY OF SPACE

Traces the development of Project Mercury through the sub-orbital flight and orbital flight that would eventually lead to the moon.
(public domain films) 28 min COL (SILENT)
NASA Early History Stock Footage
SOLAR FLARES
Massive solar flares shoot off the surface of the sun releasing energies equivalent to millions of hydrogen bombs.
(public domain films) 1 min COL (SILENT)
NASA Early History Stock Footage
SPACESHIP SKYLAB - WINGS OF DISCOVERY
Skylab, the laboratory in the sky, logged about 2,000 hours of scientific and medical experiments as well as setting records for the duration of time astronauts spent in space.
(public domain films) 10 min COL
NASA Early History Stock Footage
SPACE SHUTTLE LAUNCH
COLUMBIA OV-102 1981

Columbia Space Shuttle, OV-102, launch and tracking from Kennedy Space Center, Florida 04/12/1981.
(public domain films) 1981 COL 8min (SILENT)
NASA Early History Stock Footage
TIME OF APOLLO
Major highlights of the NASA Apollo Program starting with Apollo 11 with Michael Collins, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin in the first Moon Landing and ending with Apollo 17 the final manned mission to the Moon.
(public domain films) 1960's-1970's COL 28min
NASA Early History Stock Footage
VALENTINA TERESHKOVA - FIRST WOMAN IN SPACE
The Space Race between the Soviet Union and the United States heats up as the first woman Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova aboard Vostok 6 becomes the first woman in space.
(public domain films) 1963 COL 3min
NASA Early History Stock Footage
X-15 ROCKET PLANE - EARLY FLIGHTS 1959
Documents the development and early flights of the north American X-15 rocket powered aircraft.
(public domain films) 1959 COL 27 min
NASA Early History Stock Footage
CHALLENGER DISASTER
January 28, 1986, the ninth Challenger flight lifts off and explodes 73 seconds into flight killing all seven astronauts on board.
(public domain films) 1986 33 min COL
NASA Early History Stock Footage
NASA Early History - Historical Public Domain Stock Photography
BUYOUT PHOTOS: NASA - APOLLO 11
The Apollo 11 Mission to the Moon; preparation and launch, Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin Jr., Michael Collins, Apollo 11 Moonwalk, Iconic boot print on the moon surface, ticker tape parade for Astronauts in Chicago.
(public domain photos) 1969 24 high resolution photos
Public Domain Stock Photos NASA Early History
BUYOUT PHOTOS: NASA - CHALLENGER DISASTER
January 28 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger and its crew, were lost when a ruptured O-ring in the right Solid Rocket Booster caused an explosion soon after launch.
(public domain photos) 1986 18 high resolution photos
Public Domain Stock Photos NASA Early History
BUYOUT PHOTOS: NASA - HUBBLE IMAGES
Amazing imagery of stars and galaxies, millions of light years from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and Earth.
(public domain photos) 1990's 32 high resolution photos
Public Domain Stock Photos NASA Early History
BUYOUT PHOTOS: NASA - MOON WALKS
Moon walks by Apollo Missions 12 through 17 with shots including U.S. Flag unfurled on surface of the moon, Lunar Roving Vehicle, collecting soil samples, Apollo Lunar Module and the examination of the unmanned Surveyor III.
(public domain photos) 1969-1972 26 high resolution photos
Public Domain Stock Photos NASA Early History
BUYOUT PHOTOS: NASA - PLANETS
NASA planetary images from spacecraft Voyager 1 and Voyager 2, including images of Jupiter's moon Io, montage of Planet Saturn and moons taken from Voyager 1 mission and more.
(public domain photos) 1970's-1980's 9 high resolution photos
Public Domain Stock Photos NASA Early History
BUYOUT PHOTOS: NASA - SPACE SHUTTLE
NASA Space Shuttle launches, landings and docking with Space Station including images of launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis, Space Shuttle Endeavour, Space Shuttle Atlantis on top of 747 plane, maiden voyage Space Shuttle Columbia and more.
(public domain photos) 1981-1998 30 high resolution photos
Public Domain Stock Photos NASA Early History
BUYOUT PHOTOS: NASA - SPACE WALKS
Space walks or EVA during the Space Shuttle Missons including NASA Astronaut Dale A. Gardner holds up "For Sale" sign during EVA, NASA Astronaut with Earth in background, NASA Astronaut Ed White first to EVA (1965) from Gemini 4 mission and more.
(public domain photos) 1984-1992 16 high resolution photos
Public Domain Stock Photos NASA Early History
BUYOUT PHOTOS: NASA - VIEWS OF EARTH
Images of the Earth and Moon taken by Apollo Astronauts and during the Challenger Missions.
(public domain photos) 1970's-1990's 11 high res photos
Public Domain Stock Photos NASA Early History
Modern NASA Stock Footage Library Section
DON'T FORGET TO VISIT OUR MODERN NASA SECTION!
Our Royalty Free And Public Domain Stock Footage documents the Space Shuttle Program and the International Space Station as well as deep space survey missions to other planets and the first tenative steps toward making the long-held dream of a manned spaceflight to the planet Mars.