How did they recover the film showing the separation of the S II stage from the S 1C and the tumbling interstage faring which attached the two stages? The camera which is attached to the S II has a view pointing down showing the sequence, yet by all the information I have come across says the S II was destroyed and not recovered. There was no TDRSS system to relay video in those days and the imagery is of film quality. I have seen no account of a film capsule being released from the stage during the launch. There is also a camera view on top of the S II showing the separation of the S IV B.


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The cameras were ejected from the stages and parachuted into the sea. If you watch this video you can see cameras being ejected from stages at exactly 5:00 and 7:42.

There's also a good discussion on Collect Space including a picture of one of the modules after it has been fished out of the ocean.

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    $\begingroup$ Well thanks for that. For 50 years I have wondered how those pictures were obtained and in all the reading I have done on the subject I have never seen a reference to capsules being ejected from the S II. You learn something new every day. Thanks. $\endgroup$
    – aurelius
    Jul 18, 2019 at 9:18

There were ejectable camera pods, here's a picture of one.

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Used on Saturn I-Bs and Saturn Vs through Apollo 8.

Full writeup here, other good info here.


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