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Does any first-person video of a rocket launch exist?

Here ya go! It includes some other views, but does have the dashcam. As usual though you can't really see the stars. Shuttle mission STS-133
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How are those stunning space mission animations and images made?

The JPL and NASA related videos are easier to answer, as they had a very long relationship with the VFX industry and artists. Consider the linked articles: https://www.awn.com/vfxworld/jpl-vfx-and-...
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What's is this very CGI looking clip in this NASA video of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer installation?

That's generated by one of the Johnson Space Center robotics/EVA planning tools, called MAGIK (Manipulator Analysis-Graphic, Interactive, Kinematic). Here is a screenshot of a MAGIK video used when we ...
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Could "live" video be transmitted from Mars?

It turns out that for the closest that Mars is to Earth, MRO can transmit at 4.0 Megabits/ second on Ka band. That is enough for standard definition video. So something a bit bigger then MRO could ...
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What's the small white gadget with two black buttons in this video of the International Space Station?

I'll try and find a better picture, but it's the light switch. Labeled GENERAL LIGHTING, buttons ON and OFF Cropped from https://images-assets.nasa.gov/image/s130e007774/s130e007774~orig.jpg The best ...
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Which 3D space simulation/visualization software (free or commercial) can I use as a post processor of data calculated with Fortran?

One option is SPICE-Enhanced Cosmographia. You could convert your output text files to SPICE SPK (.bsp extension) kernels or more simply a text file with structured data (see the InterpolatedStates ...
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Till what altitude above earth sounds can be heard?

tl;dr: There's certainly some propagation of sound waves possible at 100 km altitude. With a density a million times lower than at the surface the mean free path of individual molecules will approach ...
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Is there a realtime, uncut video of Saturn V ignition through tower clear?

When in doubt for such things, http://archive.org. https://archive.org/details/youtube-Y70SgYPIBGY Or if you prefer on YouTube
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Were the Apollo broadcasts recorded locally on the LM?

The live broadcasts from the Moon were not recorded on the LEM/CM. Video tape recorders were too large at the time to make this practical. They usually came in the shape of an open-reel tape recorder ...
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Till what altitude above earth sounds can be heard?

The title of the question asks Till what altitude above earth sounds can be heard? @uhoh gave a detailed answer to that question. I'll instead speculatively answer an implied question in the body of ...
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Has anything close to video ("live" or otherwise) been shot in space from beyond the Moon?

It depends on what you consider a "video". Since space probes only take photos, "videos" can be achieved by stitching multiple frames, but then those videos are usually low FPS. Since your title isn't ...
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Who was the first person in space to "be on TV"?

Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space. There was a real-time TV transmission from his spacecraft, the 'Vostok'. Some fragments here: edit by Hobbes: added screenshot ...
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Could "live" video be transmitted from Mars?

For example, this answer shows the math behind the Voyagers being noise limited with a ~1 kHz bandwidth at 20 billion kilometers. At 100 million km, a Voyager sized antenna with a few Watts would make ...
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Were the Apollo broadcasts recorded locally on the LM?

Hobbes' answer is correct, but here is some supplemental information. The Erectable S-Band Antenna was a parabolic dish that was folded and stowed in the descent stage. Page 4-86 of the Apollo ...
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When did an astronaut in space first see someone on a TV screen?

According to https://www.kik-sssr.ru/Duplex_Fobos.htm Двухсторонняя телевизионная связь впервые была установлена с бортом ОПС "Салют-6". Космонавты Ляхов и Рюмин (3-я основная экспедиция, 8-я ...
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What is the “floating dust” seen in the Starliner test landing colour footage?

I sincerely doubt this is "dust" of any kind. It looks and behaves like the classic sensor noise that is visible any time an image sensor is used at high gain. Noise in this case is typically ...
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Besides the (currently down) HDEV, are there other public live video feeds from the ISS?

Ok, it appears they are now using the EHDC, a different camera that doesn't always have availability, to provide a live video feed. It would be great to get access to additional feeds though. https://...
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Short documentary about spacesuit seamstresses

I think this is it. It's part of a fabulous 6 Part series on Apollo called Moon Machines. Other parts covered the computer, the lunar module etc. I think this series is the best documentary I've seen ...
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Earth Live Video Feed in HD?

As far as I know, only NASA (since you asked for the agency) through its High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) Experiment gives the live coverage of the Earth from the ISS. It might not be up for all ...
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SpaceX live broadcast of booster & boat's eye view of the GPS III Space Vehicle 5 were both uninterrupted; have they make some upgrades to the system?

Unless and until we get some official communication from SpaceX and/or Elon Musk, there is unfortunately no way to answer this question definitively. However, as with most things SpaceX, there is a ...
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What will the live video and audio quality be like when astronauts next set foot on the moon?

It certainly will be better than Apollo 11. Even Apollo 12 was better than Apollo 11, and things improved up to Apollo 17; see Apollo Television. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), launched in ...
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Where can I find the video of Apollo 16 floodlight mistaken with a UFO?

Well after some work I finally found the footage. You can download it from here (4.2 GB): https://www.dvidshub.net/video/176437/apollo-16-16mm-onboard-film You can see the supposed UFO from 4:36.
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Which 3D space simulation/visualization software (free or commercial) can I use as a post processor of data calculated with Fortran?

I would recommend checking out FreeFlyer (although GMAT and STK may be interchangeable in your use case). NASA's Johnson Space Center uses FreeFlyer for space mission design and operations as it ...
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How did the TIROS video tape recorders record and playback images rather than audio; how were the signals modulated?

According to your linked document the video signal from the vidicon (in record mode) The composite video resulting from vidicon readout is applied through the emitter follower to the modulator and ...
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Could "live" video be transmitted from Mars?

Worth mentioning that it takes 3 to 22 minutes for light to reach one of these planets from the other. And no transmission can exceed light speed, barring a huge overhaul of Physics as we know it. ...
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How does SpaceX transmit the video feed from the first and second stage cameras back to Earth?

You can get some information from SpaceX's FCC filings for "Special Temporary Authority". There aren't always individual ones for specific launches, because certain approvals cover larger times, and ...
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Transmission of video and audio signals

The video and audio were not packaged in the same file: InSight did not produce a video file with audio tracks. As you can see in the screenshot, the 'audio' was recorded by the seismometer instrument ...
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Space launches with video camera?

One such launcher would be the good old Soyuz launcher. I think this onboard launch video looks particularly nice. Given the low cost and weight of video cameras these ...
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Where is the uncropped version of this cool Ingenuity navigation camera GIF?

All raw images from both Perseverance and Ingenuity are here: https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/multimedia/raw-images/
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Is there any footage from Mars where you can see Deimos or Phobos getting bigger and smaller as it goes through the sky?

The longest timelapse of a Martian moon I'm aware of is this 27 minute long timelapse of Phobos rising at June 28, 2013. The light conditions, and the relatively small ...
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