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Circa Early Launches….

Jul 11

In Friends, history at 11:15pm

Okay, so here’s a picture blast from the past….

Following on from last week, Hank Morgan sent me a snap of the two of us, prepping for launch, with the VAB in the background. We used everything, as you can see. When you put 20 remotes in the swamp, you get skinny on long glass, so we had Nikons, Canons, Hulchers, you name it. A staple for a launch were Nikon F2 hi speed cameras with a fixed pellicle mirror that could fire 10 fps, and rip through 100 foot rolls of chrome before you could say “go for launch.”

Okay, okay, the mustache didn’t work…..more tk….

54 Responses to “Circa Early Launches….”

Scott says:

on July 11, 2011 at 11:16 pm

HA!

Morgana Creely says:

on July 11, 2011 at 11:19 pm

Great photo and personally I like the mustache. :)

jacob says:

on July 11, 2011 at 11:22 pm

Nothing brings out a launch like a 70′s stash and a long lens. You’ve been going strong for some time now, congrats!!!

Kyle Jerichow says:

on July 11, 2011 at 11:24 pm

Glad to see the hair hasn’t changed but the mustache has…Any pictures of the Car that malfunctioned? :P

Kyle

Tim says:

on July 11, 2011 at 11:29 pm

Nice Mo Joe… ;o)

PurtyKitty says:

on July 11, 2011 at 11:35 pm

LOVE IT!!

Richard says:

on July 11, 2011 at 11:36 pm

With the ‘stache, you look remarkably like a young Moose Peterson!

Chip says:

on July 11, 2011 at 11:42 pm

Dig the mustache !

Fred says:

on July 11, 2011 at 11:50 pm

Please let the mustache grow back!!!

Hamidi says:

on July 11, 2011 at 11:51 pm

Holly smoke! You look more like Omar Shariff back than :) Thanks for sharing, Joe.

Miles Morgan says:

on July 11, 2011 at 11:57 pm

I dunno….. The ‘stach looks pretty Starsky and Hutch to me.

Lee Love says:

on July 12, 2011 at 12:43 am

Joe, its nice to see you as a young buck full of vim & vigor. Not knowing what lied ahead in your career as a wide eyed photographer.

Very cool. Thanks for having the guts to share. :)

Brian Walter says:

on July 12, 2011 at 1:19 am

Wow… look at all that great gear!

Eyal Gurevitch says:

on July 12, 2011 at 1:38 am

That’s a lot of glass.

People don’t appreciate the value of a DSLR shooting high frame rates, without eating up film. 10 fps on a film SLR? Yeeeesh!

Matt Dobson says:

on July 12, 2011 at 3:39 am

Oh the tash works dude!

Irjohn J says:

on July 12, 2011 at 4:09 am

I think I saw these two faces somewhere before…

http://www.imdb.com/media/rm1717868544/tt0064115

JP says:

on July 12, 2011 at 4:45 am

Wow, didn’t recognize you for a second under that Einstein mop!

Andor says:

on July 12, 2011 at 5:58 am

Great old-days shot – the mustache is awesome too :-)
…and what kinda damn cannons over there! :-D

Chris Matthes says:

on July 12, 2011 at 5:58 am

How on earth did you focus with all that hair in your eyes?

David Kelly says:

on July 12, 2011 at 6:58 am

Joe, IMHO there’s a definite Doug McClure look about you in the photo.

Richard Kozak says:

on July 12, 2011 at 7:37 am

Wow – you are Moose’s lost son. He’d be so proud!

Rob Hammer says:

on July 12, 2011 at 8:29 am

WOW. Even Tom Selleck would be jealous!

Bob says:

on July 12, 2011 at 8:43 am

Rock Star!

Jeannine says:

on July 12, 2011 at 8:44 am

Funny, I do see the Doug McClure similarity, but like a fine wine you’ve improved with age. How about updating your blog photo too!

Jacob Härnqvist says:

on July 12, 2011 at 8:56 am

I’m having trouble seeing the moustache, but it’s kinda interestering how it steals the show anyway (considering the above reactions).

Jason Satterwhite says:

on July 12, 2011 at 9:08 am

Joe, you look a little like Moose Peterson in this photo!

Darren Smith says:

on July 12, 2011 at 9:10 am

Man, the photographer chopped you feet off! I mean, he *was* one of the pros there neh? ;-)

Brian Jones says:

on July 12, 2011 at 9:22 am

Wow, you really just dated yourself. You’re old….. :)

Stu says:

on July 12, 2011 at 9:34 am

The stache worked … THEN! The photos and coverage from that era inspired many. Thank you. Oh, yes–Doug McClure for certain!

Jim Digby says:

on July 12, 2011 at 9:48 am

That brought back memories. I worked for Martin in the 60′s. (They built the titan).

Jason says:

on July 12, 2011 at 11:00 am

It must have been tough to get all that gear in a Ferrari. Hopefully Higgins was there to help!

barbara says:

on July 12, 2011 at 11:14 am

LOL This is just plain fun to see these “former days” shots.

Pete says:

on July 12, 2011 at 11:36 am

Hey, it was the 80′s! Give yourself a break.

Lorri E says:

on July 12, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Joe, are you sure you and Moose aren’t long lost brothers?

James Pruitt says:

on July 12, 2011 at 4:17 pm

What year was this Joe? Must have been one hell of a wind. Hair everywhere and a cookie duster to boot. Seen you on The Grid and there has been a lot of changes. Not bad changes, just changes we all go through.

Mark Howells-Mead says:

on July 12, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Is it a Freudian error, that I read that as “prepping for lunch”?

Louis Pang says:

on July 12, 2011 at 8:10 pm

WOW! You look hot…like a Marlboro man!

Alastair says:

on July 12, 2011 at 8:21 pm

“Shall we shag now, or shall we shag later? How do you like to do it? Yeah, baby!”

Dave Kallaway says:

on July 12, 2011 at 10:06 pm

Mind blowing that so many people think you look like Omar Shariff, Robert Redford..too bad they have it all wrong. I think you look like a stunt double for the guys on Dukes of Hazard. C’mon people! LOL Love, love, love the pic my man!

ClarenceC says:

on July 13, 2011 at 1:20 am

The ‘stache ! My god the ‘stache ! (And the gears are pretty cool too)

Jay Mann says:

on July 13, 2011 at 1:54 am

So, I was going to comment on the ‘Stache as soon as I saw the photo. On many guys they don’t work, on some they make us so darn good lookin’. :{

Patrik says:

on July 13, 2011 at 2:14 am

The mustache fits you. Is that a photo-west i see or?

CarolF says:

on July 13, 2011 at 9:18 am

I’m definitely seeing the lost family connection with Moose…love the pic, the post made me spew coffee I was laughing so hard at your rental car return!

M.D. Welch says:

on July 13, 2011 at 11:48 am

Joe doesn’t always drink beer, but when he does, he drinks Dos Equis!

Linda Brinckehroff says:

on July 13, 2011 at 1:31 pm

ROFLOL
love the photo vest!
You are a brave man to put the photo out there.

C.Atnip says:

on July 13, 2011 at 2:02 pm

I would love to see an article on how you fired that many cameras from different locations in a 20-30 second window, tracked the shuttle with long glass, and got great shots on a 36 exposure roll – without pocket wizards!

Ivan says:

on July 13, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Those were the days… when men were men, with staches and stoggies, women chas’n, beer swill’n, film shoot’n, ASA not ISO… Yeah baby! Yeah! Woohooo.

Now we shoot digital.

Joe Howe says:

on July 14, 2011 at 2:04 pm

What’s your porn name?

jason harry says:

on July 14, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Imagine carrying that amount kit about, but the good weather in the pic …result

Kholloud says:

on July 16, 2011 at 11:04 pm

Looking good now and then! is that a mustache ;)

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