|Quoting Ba97 (Reply 11):|
Question I have- The stages fell to earth. I thought everything burned up except Stage 1 and the interstage for 1. Now hearing the commentary, they had all these cameras which were recovered on top of stage 1 and other stage pieces falling to the Atlantic. They must know where the stages fell and has anyone seen maps or photos of them either falling or crashing or post crash?
The first stage was the only one to reach the ocean, and it broke up during descent. There was a story about a fishing boat that got quite a view when it slipped into the launch danger area and saw the debris from the S-1C coming down uncomfortably close by.
As far as I know, no one has gone out looking for the wreckage. Some of it might have been mapped when NASA
went looking for the STS
-4 SRBs (which sank after the parachutes malfunctioned) but I doubt it, the impact zones were very different. Challenger's wreckage was much closer to shore.
The film footage was in a pod that was jettisoned and parachuted to the Atlantic, but not all the pods were recovered... several were lost at sea and presumably sank.
The most famous footage is from SA
-501 (Apollo 4) in November 1967. There are actually two films of the S-IC
/Interstage falling away, seen from camera pods on opposite sides of the S-II
. If you watch this footage in its entirety, you can see the beginning of the camera ejection process before the film abruptly ends.
The footage looking upward at the S-IV
, with its six RL
-10 engines igniting, is from a Saturn I, SA
-6 (May 1964).
The footage looking upward at the S-IVB, with its single J-2 engine igniting, is from SA
-204 (Apollo 5) a Saturn IB
in January 1968. This footage is often shown in conjunction with the famous Apollo 4 first stage and interstage separation footage and presented as a Saturn V launch, but the three separation motors reveal it to be the Saturn IB
variant, not the Saturn V variant.
-7 and SA
-201 also carried capsules, but the capsules were lost at sea (SA-7 due to Hurricane Gladys.)