This black & white educational film is about the Apollo space program. This show, hosted by Bill Owen, was made in 1967. The commercials are from an original broadcast and are in color.
Apollo 1B spacecraft launches as we see the credits for the DISCOVERY '67 (:11-1:13) TV show, "Out Next Step in Outer Space". This show featured Bill Owen and Jules Bergman as hosts. Original commercials from an original broadcast - Pepsi Cola. Sierra, from the producers of Adam 12 & Emergency!, a new drama about the Rangers of the National Park Service (1:14-3:16). Downey, CA - Apollo spacecraft Command Module introduced by Bill Owen. Two men stand next to a model of an Apollo rocket with command module, they are Bill Owen along with the ABC news science editor Jules Bergman. Jules holds a smaller model. A shot of the actual rocket, Saturn 5. Showing the rocket being towed to the tower. Close on the crawler transport. Interior of the rocket ship. Jules shows more of the rocket. Workers put together a module, looks at wiring bundles, entire wire harness (3:17-7:32). Command module outside being tested at White Sands in New Mexico. Rocket is fired, module separates. A parachute helps the Command Module fall back to earth. That parachute then has more main chutes open as the module falls. The module lands on regular ground. It is then tested to fall into the water, it floats. Jules talks while we see a model astronaut inside the model craft (7:33-11:13). Inside the Apollo spacecraft with Tom Armstrong. Tom and Bill sit inside facing upward. Close on Armstrong's hand as maneuvers the hand controller. TV camera outside the craft shows how earth would appear below (11:14-12:38). Original Commercial - Hershey Chocolate Bars (12:39-13:09). Inside the Apollo command module with Tom Armstrong and Bill Owen. Tom and Bill sit inside facing upward. Close on the computer. BIll leans forward and shows where the module's telescope is. An animated rocket launches. Animated control room. Animated rocket separates in space. The module continues on towards the moon. Leaving earth's orbit going towards the moon (animated). Interior of the module (animated). Lunar module lands on the moon and astronaut walks on the moon (animated). Astronaut takes pictures on the moon and module launches off moon back into space (animated). Lunar orbit rendezvous between the lunar and command modules (animated). Command module thrusts back towards the earth and then re-enter earth's atmosphere and parachutes down(animated) (13:10-20:05). Bill and Jules talk in front of an earth model. They discuss the hows and whys of space travel (20:06-23:04). Original commercials - Dentyne gum, Sierra, from the producers of Adam 12 & Emergency!, a new drama about the rangers of the national park service (23:05-24:06). United Airlines logo on screen. End credits begin (24:07-24:53).
Jules Bergman (March 21, 1929 – February 11, 1987) was an American broadcast writer and journalist who served as science editor for ABC News from 1961 until his death in 1987. He is most remembered for his coverage of the American space program.
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Reviewer:Peter H. Rosen
March 10, 2022 Subject:
I worked with Jules Bergman
I worked with Jules Bergman. From 1966 through 1969 I found myself at the ABC TV special events unit where I was hired to be a desk assistant and later developed their film library. I attended the AP machines and brought film of interest to the unit to the film editors. It was my responsibility to scan the net work film log for all the film coming in from all over the world to acquire copies for the producers in my unit how to keep a record of the edited film and all of the work prints sound real‘s so on and so forth. It was an exciting time to be in a full-blown television studio. Jules would often fly down to Cape Canaveral to cover from there with Howard K Smith and other news anchors interacting from our studios in New York. I was only 20 or so at the time when one man walked on the moon I was right there in the control room with my old unit, watching a first for humankind... at the source - before much of the world could see what we were seeing in the control room