NASA finds lost video of 1969 moon landing


Conspiracy theorists, start your engines. From the Daily Express (for me, via the  JREF forums):

The television images the world has been used to seeing of the historic moment when Neil Armstrong descended down a ladder onto the moon’s surface in 1969 is grainy, blurry and dark.

The following scenes, in which the astronauts move around the lunar lander, are so murky it is difficult to make out exactly what is going on, causing conspiracy theorists to claim the entire Apollo 11 mission was an elaborate fraud.

However, viewers have only ever seen such poor quality footage because the original analogue tapes containing the pictures beamed direct from the lunar surface were lost almost as soon as they were recorded.

Instead, a poor quality copy made from a 16mm camera pointing at a heavily compressed image on a black and white TV screen has been the only record of the event.

The Sunday Express can now reveal that the missing tapes containing the original high quality images have been found.

Apparently the Daily Express may be stealing NASA’s thunder—they’re counting down to a July 16th launch at this handsome NASA site celebrating the 4oth anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing.

UPDATE: According to the Bad Science Blog, the above story is bogus.

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