We stand on the grass a few hundred feet in front of the KSC VIP grandstands to watch the final countdown for Apollo 11. Jack King—the voice of Launch Control-- can be heard on loudspeakers giving commentary about the progress of the countdown. I have a new roll of film in my Kodak Retina camera and resolve to take a quick series of pictures of the launch itself. The camera is manual without automatic focusing or controls; I do not have a telephoto lens either. As the countdown goes to T – 9 seconds I start taking pictures every few seconds, watching the scene through the view finder. The Saturn V is 3 ½ miles away but so huge it is clearly visible. At “ignition” we see a small ball of yellow flame at the base of the Saturn V, but all is silent—at least for now.
#Apollo11Eyewitness Post #44 July 16, 1969 Events