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Scientists Search for Moon Landing Tapes

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

NASA wants to find the original videotapes from the first moon landing in 1969 to see if they can be made sharper.

Video of Apollo Eleven astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walking on the moon were transmitted from the moon to tracking stations in California and Australia. The images were then sent to Houston. By the time the world saw them, they were substantially
downgraded.

Space program veterans believe the original recordings are stored somewhere at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland.

One Australian expert says modern technology would make it possible to recover the original high quality TV of the moon landing and make it available to the public for the first time.

The Australian says he doesn't believe that the tapes are lost, just that archiving them was not a priority during the Apollo era.


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