Apollo 11 Moonwalk Remastered

Restored highlights of the historic July 1969 Apollo 11 moonwalk were shown for the first time publicly at the 2010 Australian Geographic Society Awards in Sydney on October 6, 2010. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin was the guest of honor.

At the time of the Moon landing, three stations – Goldstone in California, Honeysuckle Creek in Canberra, and Parkes in New South Wales – simultaneously recorded the events onto magnetic data tape. The direct recordings were not broadcast quality, so they set up a regular TV camera pointed at a small black-and-white TV screen in the observatory to obtain higher-quality images. In the restoration process, it was discovered that in the 1970s and 80s NASA had taken the archive tapes and erased them all to record other missions. About 250,000 tapes from the Apollo era, including tapes of the moonwalk, are likely lost forever.

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