Retro NASA concept video from the 1960's shows early version of Apollo missions

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Nov 23, 2016, 12:22 PM EST (Updated)

The 1960s were an amazing time for space exploration, as humanity had boundless ambition and the ingenuity to do as much as possible with insanely limited technology. Enjoy this blast from the past.

Where SpaceX can generate a CGI walkthrough of how the company wants to put us all on Mars, the NASA of 1962 had to settle for this retro-cool, animated video breaking down the space agency’s plan to put a spacecraft on the moon (Spoiler alert: It works). The video surfaced via Reddit, and is a fascinating window into how one of the most ambitious efforts mankind has ever attempted came together. It also has a nice voiceover to break down the basics of NASA’s approach.

It’s amazing to think what the minds of today could do with the technology available now, if NASA’s budget rivaled what it did (percentage-wise) back during the Space Race. We’d almost certainly be living the retro future envisioned all those decades ago.

Check out the concept video below and let us know what you think: