Lost moon landing tapes dusted off and restored

Posted by Emma Woollacott

Washington DC - We've all done it - taped over our wedding video, or our childrens' first steps. But those tapes weren't of international importance.


NASA, on the other hand, has now had to admit that it taped over the Apollo 11 moon footage years ago, possibly with shots of school sports day. Forty-five tapes were apparently erased and reused during a shortage in the 1970s and 80s.


But at least what's left will now be a bit easier to see. A three-year search for the missing tapes did manage to unearth a few scraps in a box in the attic, alongside Auntie Mabel's best fur tippet.


And now Hollywood experts Lowry Digital have been digitally sharpening up what does remain of the moon landing footage in a $230,000 project.


The four scenes restored so far show Neil Armstrong and then Buzz Aldrin stepping on to the surface of the moon, the astronauts putting up a commemorative plaque and the raising of the American flag. More is to follow, with the full archive expected to be ready by September.


The new pictures aren't exactly high definition but do show a great deal more detail.


The team stresses that nothing has been added to the images, and it's simply that they've been sharpened up. But no doubt, the conspiracy theorists will have fun finding even more evidence that the moon landings were faked. Some have already suggested that the tapes went missing for a sinister reason.


More likely, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin thought they looked a bit fat in their spacesuits, and taped the Superbowl over the top.


The footage can be seen here.

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