Apollo 11 Footage Restored
Forty years ago Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. NASA has restored footage of the moonwalk using modern photographic techniques.
On July 16, 1969 Apollo 11 took off for the moon. One of the most memorable events was Neil Armstrong’s moonwalk. Unfortunately, somehow the original recordings went missing. Experts say they were probably accidently erased. Nasa experienced a shortage of tapes in the 70’s and 80’s and as many as 200,000 tapes were erased and re-used.
The restoration, which should be finished around September, is done using a combination of CBS originals, kinescopes from the National Archives (kinoscopes are a recording made by putting using a film camera to record off of a television monitor), a recording of the original transmission the was recieved in Australia, and other recordings that were captured off televisions.
Nasa senior engineer Dick Nafzger is in charge of the project and assures everyone that no manipulation adding any kind of cgi to the footage is being done. The footage is being restored, cleaned up so to speak, using modern film and computer methods.