With funding from NSSEC (NASA Space Science Education Consortium), Rice University commissioned Don Davis to recreate the Apollo 17 liftoff from Florida (35 seconds) and the Apollo 17 LEM ascent from the moon (25 seconds).These are available FREE in various planetarium formats including fisheye up to 4K, prewarped 1920x1080 (for mirror systems) and "flatscreen" (actually cropped warped versions) 1280x720. They can be previewed here: http://space.rice.edu/apollo/
To download, please first subscribe to our "Apollo News" list server: http://bit.ly/ApolloNews After subscribing, you will get a confirmation email; once you respond to that, it will send a final welcome message with the links and password to the download site. Users who need 4K or 60 fps versions should then contact Dr. Pat Reiff (firstname.lastname@example.org) to get the dropbox links to the higher resolution animations.
These animations can be used for free in any live or prerecorded program at your site but should not be included in a show for sale without permission.We welcome the media to use them, too - again, they should contact Dr. Reiff directly; be sure to use "Apollo" in the subject line for any correspondence. We would like to keep metrics of usage so that we can continue to provide these to our colleagues.
The Houston Museum of Natural Science has made a 24-minute show "Apollo and Beyond" that includes these animations plus a lot more.We have also 15 minute and 19 minute versions that we are using in outreach events, e.g. ISTE, Escape Velocity, and Astronomy Night on the Mall. This show can also be previewed in its entirety here: http://space.rice.edu/apollo/ with additional information here: http://www.eplanetarium.com/shows/ddome/hmns/apollo_and_beyond/