NASA has responded to current reviews of “misplaced” Apollo 11 Moon touchdown tapes, however is adamant that no footage of the historic mission has been misplaced.
“With the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon touchdown approaching, reviews have resurfaced that NASA misplaced some valuable video footage of that first moonwalk,” the house company explains, in an announcement on its web site. “There isn’t a lacking video footage from the Apollo 11 moonwalk,” it provides.
July 20th marks the 50th anniversary of the Moon touchdown.
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Apollo 11 tapes are within the highlight for the time being. A set of authentic videotape recordings of the Apollo 11 Moon touchdown that had been purchased for $217.77 at a authorities surplus public sale by a former NASA intern within the 1970s might be auctioned on July 20.
The previous intern, Gary George, deliberate to promote the used tapes, which may very well be re-recorded, to native TV stations. They may promote for as much as $2 million, in keeping with Sotheby’s, which is working the public sale.
NASA says that the footage on the tapes is already preserved. “In 2019, a one-time NASA intern is promoting what he describes as videotapes of the Apollo 11 moonwalk that he purchased at an public sale of surplus authorities items,” the house company says on its web site. “If the tapes are as described within the sale materials, they’re 2-inch videotapes recorded in Houston from the video that had been transformed to a format that may very well be broadcast over business tv and include no materials that hasn’t been preserved at NASA.”
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This isn’t the primary time that Apollo 11 tapes have made headlines.
Greater than 10 years in the past, NASA launched a seek for, however couldn’t find, among the “authentic” Apollo 11 knowledge tapes, which straight recorded knowledge transmitted from the Moon. “An intensive search of archives and information concluded that the most definitely situation was that this system managers decided there was not a have to maintain the tapes – since all of the video was recorded elsewhere – they usually had been erased and reused,” it explains.
Based on NASA, knowledge on the tapes, together with video knowledge, was relayed to the Manned Spaceflight Heart in Houston, which is now the Johnson House Heart. “The video was recorded there and in different places,” it mentioned, in its assertion, noting that no footage is lacking.
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NASA defined that knowledge from the mission was despatched from the Apollo 11 spacecraft to a floor station in California and two floor stations in Australia. This knowledge was then retransmitted to the Manned Spaceflight Heart. The bottom stations additionally recorded the info on particular 1-inch, 14-track tapes, one monitor of which was for video.
“The video footage was recorded in ‘gradual scan’ — 10 video frames per second — which meant it could not be straight broadcast over business tv,” NASA explains. “The video was transformed for broadcast and uplinked to a satellite tv for pc, then downlinked to Houston, from which it was despatched out to the world.”
In early 2005, in response to a request from NASA retirees and others, the house company launched a seek for the 14-track tapes. Nonetheless, the company couldn’t discover the tapes and decided that that they had most definitely been erased and used once more, which, it says “was customary apply on the time.”
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Whereas NASA was unable to find the tapes, the info had already been recorded elsewhere and was saved by the company.
“There was no video that got here down gradual scan that was not transformed dwell, fed dwell, to Houston and fed dwell to the world,” mentioned NASA Engineer Dick Nafzger, throughout a press convention in 2009. “So, simply in case anybody thinks there’s video on the market that hasn’t been seen, that’s not the case.”
Nonetheless, the researchers did discover the video that had been transformed to broadcast that was increased high quality than that they had beforehand seen.
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Elements of the video had been restored, enhanced for viewing in HD, and launched in July 2009.
Solely 12 males, all Individuals, have walked on the Moon and the Apollo program continues to be a supply of fascination.
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Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins lately revealed a beforehand unseen photograph of the well-known Moon touchdown crew members that he “discovered on the backside of a field.”
The Related Press contributed to this text.
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