One small step for man, one MAJOR COCK-UP for Nasa. Okay, the newspaper article titled it as "one giant blunder" but cock-up sounds better :) Today, July 20, 2009 is the 40th Anniversary of Man's Landing on the moon. That's right, 40 years ago on July 20, 1969 Man landed on the moon.
According to the newspaper, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) admitted that it had erased the Apollo 11 moon footage years ago so that it could reuse the videotape. Now studio wizards of Hollywood are digitally sharpening and cleaning up the ghostly, grainy footage of the moon landing, making it even better than what viewers saw on TV. Because there isn't any original footage, they are using four copies of the moon landing footage that Nasa scrounged from around the world and enhancing it.
The first batch of restored footage was released just in time for the 40th anniversary of the "one giant leap for mankind", and some of the details seem new because of the sharpness. Originally, astronaut Neil Armstrong's face visor was too fuzzy to be seen clearly. The upgraded video of Earth's first moon-walker shows the visor and the reflection on it.
A huge search that began three years ago for the old moon tapes led to the inescapable conclusion that the 45 tapes of Apollo 11 video had been erased and reused. The original videos beamed to Earth were stored on giant reels of tape that each contained 15 minutes of video.
Dragon 1/6 scale 12-inch NASA Astronaut (very detailed and IMHO the ultimate 1/6 scale astronaut out there) covered in an earlier post HERE
Remembering the Apollo moon landing