7.17.2009

Moon landing tapes got erased, NASA admits

http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSTRE56F5MK20090716
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The original recordings of the first humans landing on the moon 40 years ago were erased and re-used.
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NASA admitted in 2006 that no one could find the original video recordings of the July 20, 1969, landing.
Since then, Richard Nafzger, an engineer at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, who oversaw television processing at the ground-tracking sites during the Apollo 11 mission, has been looking for them.
The good news is he found where they went. The bad news is they were part of a batch of 200,000 tapes that were degaussed -- magnetically erased -- and re-used to save money.[???]
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There may be some unofficial copies of the original broadcast out there somewhere that were taken from a NASA video switching center in Sydney, Australia, the space agency said.
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