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Video: Restored footage of Apollo 11 moonwalk

NASA has released the newly restored video from the July 20, 1969 live television broadcast of the Apollo 11 moonwalk. This three-minute video highlights some of the restored footage, which includes the American flag raising scene.

NASA has released the newly restored video from the July 20, 1969 live television broadcast of the Apollo 11 moonwalk. In this video, Dick Nafzger, Engineer in Charge of NASA Television video, talks about some of the footage restored by Lowry Digital. The clips presented include Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin descending the Apollo 11 Lunar Module ladder, Armstrong and Aldrin unveiling the commemorative plaque, and the American flag raising scene. Mr. Nafzger notes that this restoration process will be complete in September.

What did you think the first time you viewed the Apollo 11 footage? Please share your thoughts in the discussion.

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105 comments
Oz_Media
Oz_Media

I cried, then pee'd and crapped my pants. I was about 6 months old at the time.

Oz_Media
Oz_Media

It was just a propaganda stunt by the US government because the Russians actually beat you into space, which was conveniently blacked out on US networks as expected. Yuo can still see the remnants of the set at Universal studios, they reused it for the original Battlestar Galactica series. Gawd, you'll believe ANYTHING the government tells yuo, won't you?

boothby
boothby

My fear, of course, is that 2009 will be a watershed year for a whole new crop of "Moon-Landing hoax conspiracy theorists". They'll point to the restored footage, and say, "See! Hollywood doctored it up all along!" FWIW, I worked at Grumman Aerospace in Bethpage--long after the landings, but there were still some of the LEM engineers there. They told me stories about the project and the landings--the errors, the screw-ups, etc.--so the concept of the moon landings as a conspiracy or hoax was and is simply ridiculous. Unless, of course: 1) Back in 1987, a bunch of middle aged paper pushers were still an active part of the super-secret society of evil techs that created the hoax in the first place, and were tasked to perpetuate it to the next generation, or 2) I am a part of that super-secret society of evil techs--as is everyone that tells these conspiracy theory nut-jobs that they really need to take the meds just as their doctors have prescribed.

davdun75
davdun75

With today's digital technology, what better idea than to restore/enhance old footage... it's being done all the time. Fantastic video.

ghazanfar.ali
ghazanfar.ali

Fake video... They never landed on moon. It was recorded in a studio on earth. There are prety good proofs of that on net. Just search on google.

miclaw
miclaw

Amazing!Still wonder about the flag billowing? Was it windy up there?

mhanratty
mhanratty

I was 7. My parents called me into the room to watch Armstrong step onto the moon. I looked at the TV, but could not make any sense of what I was seeing. Now that I see the original footage again, I understand why -- you can't really see Armstrong on the ladder. Thanks to NASA for restoring and improving these videos!

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

I thought the space program was THE coolest thing there was at the time. Moon landing, and Apollo 13 saga sent my blood to racing. Ah, memory... I'm disappointed we've made little progress in space since that time. Disappointed too, that this video wasn't the full video from the time.

Brother Martin de Porres
Brother Martin de Porres

I remember my Uncle and Aunt telling me in very stong terms "If you meet Niel Armstrong, the one subject you can not talk about is 'the moon'...he will be fed up with folk asking him!" That I believe was at the end of Niel's hectic world tour, and his last stop was at The Mount Kenya Safari Club, for rest and recouperation....sadly I did not get to meet him, but how could I ever forget the sense of 'expectation'?

rucb_alum
rucb_alum

Maybe it's me but the NASA archive looks clearer to me in some some shots. Say the side by side at 2:17. Shots on the left have more definition. Neither the NASA or astronaut of today would attempt a moon landing with the equipment from that era. Were they braver or just foolish, I won't judge. Amazing.

wgates
wgates

Agape At the time I brought my Physics class home from school around lunchtime to view the transmission. Though the imagery was poor the twenty of us sat silently and agape at the history that was unfolding before us. PS I took the class home because at the time the school did not have a working TV! Bill Gates

jvardam
jvardam

I too remember watching it on TV. I was 7 and my parents were having a party to celebrate. That was a truly historic moment in history.

Michael Jay
Michael Jay

back from so long ago, very cool. I also felt a need to to get into the space program and be there rather than watch. That was never to come about. If you don't mind java you too can practice landing on the moon. Just a silly game but if you are bored go for it. http://wyoskies.uwyo.edu/LandGame/lunarlander.html

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

It was really special for me because we had swimming lessons at 8 the next morning and normally would have been in bed before 10.

debbiesh
debbiesh

For all the conspirists out there....the gov would have to have been enormously smart to fake this one. My dad worked for NASA at one of the tracking stations in California. He was responsible for capturing the satalite communication feeds and forwarding them to Houston (and other locations) as they passed by. Dad worked long hours for years during all of the Apollo missions. I can guarantee that if they tried to fake this, many of the support people would have known. So, where was I when they stepped onto the moon? Staying up late watching it on TV with my mom and sister. Dad was, of course, at the tracking station overseeing all of the at-the-time elaborate and sophisticated equipment necessary to enable not only the TV transmission, but also the voice and data communications. It happened. It was real. And my family is part of American history as a result.

heavener
heavener

Whenever I see the footage of Neil Armstrong stepping onto the moon, I get a jolt -- it's always backwards. I watched the live event from \behind\ the big screen at the 1969 Boy Scout National Jamboree, so from my viewpoint Neil came down the ladder going \left\, not right. And that's how it stuck in my memory. (I was one of the lucky Eagle Scouts picked to be on the jamboree staff.)

tintalbraz
tintalbraz

I stayed up to watch the landing. I had my family movie camera and shot footage of the TV display. The original image was upside down, so that's what's on the film. I remember my Dad asking who took a stupid picture that made no sense - I told him it was the Moon step and was upside down. It has remained as a treasured clip in our archives.

nospam.online
nospam.online

No, they just went back to the desert with a better camera??LOL

mmcguire
mmcguire

Anyone else notice how the images in certain scenes in the new "restored" footage seem to show ghost trails. What I mean by that is when in the last scene of this video it shows them raising the flag, and it appears for a second that the astronaut images is faded to the left. In one of the other scenes where they're comming down from the lander it also almost appears as though you can see right through one of them. Could this be a defect in the video restoration process, or does this lend credibility to the conspiracy theory that they never really landed on the moon? It was recently featured on NPR radio that they actually re-created near perfect "moon like" conditions back in 1965 in the desert in Arizona that resembled the sea of tranquility crater as seen in the video. One good way to put the debate to rest is to view the color photographs and look at the way the stars are aligned against the backdrop and compare it to what we would see on Earth. Verified against the time of year it was and the actual date of the landing, one would think we should be able to see a difference. Don't get me wrong, I honestly believe that they landed, but without any current references to what it actually looks like on the moon, I'm still a bit skeptical. - REMEMBER, TRUST YOUR GOVERNMENT. THEY ALWAYS TELL THE TRUTH. -

jim2350
jim2350

The actual landing was late at night (Eastern Time Zone in USA). Well, it was late for us pre-teens in 1969! I wound up watching the many, many rebroadcasts next day. My first reaction was "Wow, they look like ghosts" because of the way they were bouncing and floating around. I was utterly and completely fascinated by what I was watching on my TV. It was on MY TV, for crying out loud! I couldn't get enough of it - we talked about it for days in school. I still get chills thinking about that moment.

jknowles
jknowles

For the life of me, I don't remember when I watched in 69 that the flag was waving or with a straight top edge to hold it out????

cfletez
cfletez

I remember thinking it was the first step to our living in outer space...and actually glad it was people and not the other living creatures we had sent out, who could not tell us about it and in some cases never survived space travel. Now we have people paying to go up on rockets! When will we vacation on the moon?

paul.everett
paul.everett

I remember watching it live as well. I was 8 at the time and lived on a remote Scottish Island. Very few people had a TV set so my father (who was the local Headmaster) opened up the school TV room to the public and the whole village tried to cram in to watch it in black and white (no colour back then). I later bought the plastic model kit of the SaturnV rocket and Lunar Module.

SmedleyPoo
SmedleyPoo

I was 7 years old. They showed the moon landing and splash down in school. On the day of the moon landing after school, I watched it all over again on the news broadcasts. I remember wanting to be an astronaut after that. I wanted to be an astronaut until I passed 6'1" in height. Sigh.

Deadly Ernest
Deadly Ernest

not destroy the world and we may eventually get to the stars. Sadly, the only thing really pushing the government support of the whole space program was the space race, and when the USSR pulled out the USA let it start to decline. We should have Lunar colonies and commercial space stations by now, but don't.

Joe_R
Joe_R

I was awestruck.

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