A screening of long-lost tapes from the Apollo 11 mission – including footage of Neil Armstrong’s iconic descent from the lunar module to the surface of the moon – will take place in Australia next week, according to news reports.
This will be the first time the tapes are screened in public, the Agence France-Presse news service reported.
The showing will be part of the Australian Geographic Society Awards Oct. 6 in Sydney. Apollo 11 lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin is expected to be the guest of honor at the event.
A set of tapes of the historic 1969 moonwalk was thought to have been either reused years ago — erasing the original images in the process — or lost somewhere in NASA’s archives.
The space agency embarked on a full-scale search and found them, but in badly damaged condition. Workers meticulously labored frame by frame to give the black-and-white tapes a digital makeover.
The restored footage runs for a few minutes and provides some of the best images of man’s first steps on the moon.
Read more at Space.com.
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