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Old August 14th, 2006, 05:17 PM   #1
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Original Apollo 11 tapes are missing

http://www.honeysucklecreek.net.nyud...SSTV_Tapes.pdf

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In 1970, the tapes were placed in the US National Archives in Accession #69A4099. By 1984, all but two of the over 700 boxes of Apollo era magnetic tapes placed in the Accession, were removed and returned to the GSFC for permanent retention. These tapes are now missing.
Also some interesting info in this report about how the tapes were made, and how the quality of the images we're all familiar with was degraded by the scan conversion process.
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Old August 14th, 2006, 06:11 PM   #2
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Old August 14th, 2006, 06:40 PM   #3
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You know... I can't believe I forgot to take those back. I bet I have some outrages late fees to pay.
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Old August 14th, 2006, 07:22 PM   #4
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didn't space.com have an article today clearing this all up?

http://space.com/news/060813_apollo11_tapes.html

yeah, they said watch diamonds are forever, that explanes the whole thing
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Old August 14th, 2006, 10:06 PM   #5
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didn't space.com have an article today clearing this all up?
Sure, that clears it all up...

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“We are confident that they are stored at [NASA’s] Goddard Space Flight Center [in Greenbelt, Maryland] … we just don’t know where precisely”
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Old August 15th, 2006, 01:07 AM   #6
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Everytime I read one of these stories, I keep seeing that final scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark;-)

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Old August 15th, 2006, 07:31 AM   #7
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Interesting story, I noticed it made the national news this morning.

If they can't find those boxes, the loss is pretty significant, but in m my opinion only from a historical perspective because they still have three Apollo missions which provided good video. Only three, not five, because Apollo 12 and 14 don't really count for very much "good" video. Alan Bean inadvertantly fried the video camera at the start of the Apollo 12 lunar EVA (it was accidentally pointed at the sun for a quick second, which is all it took to destroy the sensor). Apollo 14's video was not much better than 11's. The only memorable thing that came out of it was Al Shephard's golf swing, and even that was pretty hazy. It wasn't until the final three Apollo missions that NASA was able to record some fairly decent color video from the surface of the moon. Now hopefully those boxes aren't missing too. Or... are they counting them as part of the 700 that they can't find?

Imagine what today's video enhancement technology can do to those Apollo 11 tapes. If anybody has seen "Magnificent Desolation" in 3D at the IMAX, it's a good indication of what's possible. I thought it looked just a tad too computer generated, but it gives you a pretty good idea. Consider how amazing the video will look in the near future, the next time we go to the moon.
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Old August 15th, 2006, 08:04 AM   #8
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I thought the moon landings were fake............. As described here http://www.apfn.org/apfn/moon.htm :}

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Old August 15th, 2006, 09:35 AM   #9
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My favorite story about these "fake moon landing" crackpots is the one from Sept.
2002, when a California judge no-billed Buzz Aldrin for slugging one of them.
See http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/2272321.stm
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My favorite story about these "fake moon landing" crackpots is the one from Sept.
2002, when a California judge no-billed Buzz Aldrin for slugging one of them.
See http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/2272321.stm

Great Story, I missed that one coming by.
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Old August 15th, 2006, 10:00 AM   #11
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Buzz is a true American Hero, and that Sibrel event only adds to Buzz' stature IMO. The 22d Fighter Squadron, Spangdahlem AB, Germany, flew him in an F-16 some years back and subsequently they proudly displayed in the squadron building a large photo of Buzz wearing a big SEG ("grin") and with his flight suit zipper opened wide to reveal a T-shirt that said, "Why, yes, I AM a rocket scientist." The Right Stuff all the way!

I hope they find those tapes, but I ain't holding my breath.
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Old August 15th, 2006, 10:21 AM   #12
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What is it with these crackpot journalists? They make up stories, photoshop pictures, and attack people... when did the poparatzi start breeding with the tabloid reporters? Charleton Heston was deathly ill, and he was harrassed to no end by one of those lowlifes.
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Old August 16th, 2006, 08:09 AM   #13
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Perhaps these tapes were made to disappear, so that the improved means of recording analysis that are now available, couldn't be used to reveal the fabrications in their content.

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Old August 16th, 2006, 08:24 AM   #14
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likei said , watch diamonds are forever, that'll explain it all.
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Old August 16th, 2006, 01:53 PM   #15
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now you know what area51 was used for....
anyway a simple check would be easy.
the Apollo mission left a lot of equipment on the moon. A simple powerful telescope should be able to see it. Or should we just go there to check...
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