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"It was a mistake, no doubt about that," Launius said. "This is a problem inside the entire federal government. ... They don't think that preservation is all that important." Launius said federal warehouses where historical artifacts are saved are "kind of like the last scene of `Raiders of the Lost Ark.' It just goes away in this place with other big boxes."
There were rumors that NASA had found tapes that were lost years ago, and these showed the Apollo 11 footage in unprecedented detail. These rumors are false.The deal is that the telemetery from Apollo was downlinked from the Moon to two radio telescopes in Australia and one in the U.S. The data were recorded on tapes and then processed. The tapes themselves were stored for some time, but after the data were secured it was deemed that the original tapes were no longer needed. They were wiped and reused for LANDSAT and Shuttle telemetry — we’re talking hundreds of thousands of tapes here, so reusing them saved NASA a lot of money. That decision may seem silly now, but at the time was deemed necessary.So no lost tapes were found, and no previously unseen footage has been found. What we’re seeing here is broadcast footage that has been digitally restored.
So, I went to bed one night, in that room with flying machines on the wall or suspended in Airfix, and a poster of George Best intended to instill me with a love of good football rather than Manchester United. As I remembered it, I had no idea why my Dad was waking me up in the middle of the night, but I must have been watching the landing before bed time, so I am probably recalling the half-asleep confusion that you get when woken from a deep sleep. However, I can remember going down the corporation standard staircase into the living room where a yellow vinyl three piece suite faced a television with a "wood-effect" shutter.And I can remember that shutter being drawn back to reveal images of two men inside a spaceship that looked nothing like the uncluttered formica cubicles of Gerry Anderson's early work. Actually it was rather like Thunderbird 5 with legs, wasn't it? It was time for them to leave the Lunar Excursion Module (LEM) and walk on the Moon.