Florida Moonport USA


This early 1960s black-and-white film was made as a tribute to the U.S. space program in Florida. It begins by showing a launch sequence for Project Mercury, the first U.S. human spaceflight program. Also shown are examples of the technology of the day, including pocket transistor radios and massive computers. Twelve gallons of gas cost $3.60. Also seen is an unsuccessful rocket launch. The film highlights the broader economic and social effects of the space program on Florida, including the large numbers of highly educated personnel who moved into the area of Cape Canaveral, the booming growth of recreational, cultural, and educational facilities, and the development of light industry and a fast-growing economy from Pensacola to Miami. The film also shows tactical missile launches carried out by the military, astronaut medical-test equipment and processes, an early model of the Vehicle Assembly Building at Cape Canaveral, an astro-monkey known as Miss Baker, Pensacola’s School of Naval Aviation Medicine, and Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach.

Last updated: September 9, 2014