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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.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

:^0 It was there. I had to do it! :^0

Oz_Media
Oz_Media

And I know that you can take it as well as you can dish it out, thus I laughed too, good one.

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

Yeah, instead...I'll just believe YOU! oops...I laughed so hard I think I just peed MY pants.

Oz_Media
Oz_Media

Without help, you pee your pants daily anyway.

Oz_Media
Oz_Media

I have a lunch meeting to discuss it with Puff the Magic Dragon.

DNSB
DNSB

Has the new medication helped with his loss of scales or is he still ashamed to be seen in public?

JamesRL
JamesRL

than the landing on the moon, is the idea that thousands of people involved at NASA, US Federal Government departments, the US Military etc could keep a secret this long. Not to mention the fact that many of the engineers were Canadian, and once they retired would have felt less inclined to keep a secret than their American counterparts. The guy who lead the design team to create the lunar module was one of 25 engineers from AVRO that NASA recruited in 1959 after the AVRO Arrow program (advanced interceptor/fighter) was cancelled. Do you think all 25, who were there before Kennedy's goal, most of whom retired to Canada, would keep the secret, and tell no one, not even their families? I wouldn't bet on it. James

Oz_Media
Oz_Media

I'm just having a go. I was on another site that posted footage also and there were actually people that went on and on about how it was fake, a flag wouldn't stand, the stars would be more intense, etc. Fortunately I can accept reality and have never seriously considered the hoax theory, beyond a good laugh and quick dismissal. It reminds me of the Area 51 paranoia, I worked with a guy who spent hours a day investigating and talking about Area51, who really shives a git!? I am pretty sure that, unlike Orson Wells, this was not just a cleverly executed broadcast.

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.

Oz_Media
Oz_Media

It just has better contrast, but you could do that with your B&W TV in 1969 too. Either way, whether 1969 or 2009, a con game is a con game. You knew somebody who said they were there and it was real? Well that changes everything then, that makes it all so much more credible now. I ran into Santa in the middle of the Mall last Christmas, he had a sleigh, elves, a really hot Mrs. Claus and even giant presents and a tree, he said he was real and just taking a short rest before delivering presents, except I upped your own laughable proof of the moon landing, I got a real photo with him!

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

"...these conspiracy theory nut-jobs that thery really need to take the meds just as their doctors have prescribed." Nope, not as the doctors prescribed. I suggest increasing the dosage by a factor of seven or eight. Don't check with the doctors first; they're in on the conspiracy and will not tell you the truth.

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.

DNSB
DNSB

Hmmm... last time I looked the majority of the "proofs" had about as much resemblance to reality as the beliefs of the average religious kook. Which is to say none. Even now, you can bounce a laser off the retroreflector left by the Apollo 11 mission. Ditto for those left by the Apollo 14 and 15 missions and the Soviet Lunakhod 2 spacecraft. It was a joy to watch the MythBusters' episode on the "there was no lunar landing" conspiracy theory. Such items as planting a flag in vacuum offering a fine example of Newtonian physics -- an object in motion continues in motion unless acted on by an outside force.

NthDegree
NthDegree

What's really unbelievable is that ignorance such as yours is still rampant in the world. Do you know how many thousands of people would have had to been fooled to fake a moon landing? There were over 12,000 people directly involved in the moon landing. There is no way that many people could be fooled or kept quiet. And it wasn't just one mission but several that would have had to been faked. Join the 21st century, the landings happened.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Since the whole thing was faked, there were really only about 12. The three 'astronauts', a couple of NASA spokespeople, and six or eight film makers. They all took turns playing those 'Mission Control' technicians you only saw from behind.

boothby
boothby

Well, Palm, you'll never catch me calling you an "abject moron." And I mean that. You'll never catch me. Now I have this image of Jimmy Stewart's pal, "Harvey," wearing a pair of Soviet-era night-vision goggles, with grease paint under his eyes, and with a flat-black woven wicker basket hanging effeminately from one arm...

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

While I really AM an abject moron, on this particular topic both Ozzie and I are tossing out any cockamamie nonsense that leaps into our heads for satirical purposes. The US successfully landed six two-man missions on the Moon from July 1969 through November 1972. Anyone who believes otherwise also believes in the Easter Bunny. (We've just never seen him because the CIA uses its stealth helicopters to help him deliver eggs. :D )

boothby
boothby

Please remind people that you're only pretending to be an abject moron in order to make fun of the actual abject morons out there esposing the exact same "beliefs" you're only claiming to hold in order to ridicule? Sometimes (especially late at night) it gets hard to tell the players...

macka43
macka43

I agree, may have been directed by STEVEN SPIELBERG, although it did contain some goofs. One of the biggest con jobs ever. The intensity of the competition with the Russians would have been the driving force - failure would have been an unacceptable loss of face. If people are content to see things through rose colored glasses, so be it. This latest business smells also. That's all folks.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

[i]That's all folks[/i] A cartoon closer for a cartoon opinion... If people are content to not use their brains for more than filler between the ears, so be it.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

You've only ever seen the recordings of the live television feed and never seen any of the photos or actual film images. There's a reason the conspiracists don't mention those...or multiple landings. Here's a link to images from each of the six Apollo missions that landed on the Moon: http://www.apolloarchive.com/apollo_gallery.html Other links to Apollo images: Apollo Fortieth Anniversary Collection - http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/apollo/40th/images/apollo_book_images.html Lunar Recon Orbiter Images of the Apollo landing sites - http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/LRO/multimedia/lroimages/apollosites.html Other links have also been posted. Do your own research, do your own thinking.

DNSB
DNSB

I can reply to this message but not your one in which you comment on NASA wanting to get back into the Moon mission business. Last time I looked, they were talking about planning a manned mission to Mars not the Moon. Already been to the Moon, time to move onwards and outwards. However as any conspiracy theorist would tely you, another mission would be another fake -- much easier to do these days since the whole mission could be done with CGI so no vestige of reality need interfere.

macka43
macka43

The goofs in the footage are highly suggestive that the film was NOT LIVE footage. Whether they actually did land is another issue & I would like verification with a mission by different space agency. I believe Europe has indicated it's intention to go there & strangely, NASA suddenly wants to go back there.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

You don't deny the landing took place, just the filming? Hell, the filming was the easy part. Sorry, you lost me completely.

macka43
macka43

I'm not denying that the moon landing took place (although I will be pleased when it is verified by another mission). I. like many others, doubt the location of the filming of the event. Nevertheless, I have great admiration for NASA and its space missions. Let's hope they can afford to continue.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

I think it had something to do with the Swiss Guards at the Vatican. The whole thing will be exposed in the new Dan Brown novel, "Cardinals and Cheeses"

SObaldrick
SObaldrick

The unmanned Soviet Lunokhod 1 and Lunokhod 2 rovers carried smaller arrays. ------------------------------ That's why the variation in distance .. because of the holes in the cheese. Nobody could survive on a lump of Swiss cheese. But how did the Swiss get it up there .. where they the true first space explorers? Les.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

I wasn't one of them. Deciding whether or not to believe what is said simply because of who said it is the ultimate foolishness.

macka43
macka43

Many were led to believe in 'Weapons of Mass Destruction' in Iraq too. Guess what - they're still looking Oh' what a Tangled Web we weave, when first we practice to deceive. [Shakespeare]

SObaldrick
SObaldrick

Why go back 6 more times?

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

In order to amortize the capital expenditures for the cameras, sets, costumes, props, catering costs, and llamas, NASA accountants determined it would have to make seven movies in order to full depreciate the equipment. That's why all seven missions took place within a three-year period, generally accepted in accounting practices as the normal timeframe for capital write-offs. Don't be fooled by the the Apollo 17 mission 'taking place' in November of '72, 41 months after Apollo 11. NASA actually shot the Apollo 17 footage in December of '71. Since the Apollo 11 film was shot in January of '69, the accounting schedule fits perfectly. What most people don't know is that NASA was in budget trouble after making the Apollo 12 movie and needed to cut some corners. That's why the Apollo 13 'mission' faked having an accident. NASA saved enough money on that one by 'not going to the moon' to be able to go all out on the other four 'missions' / movies. They saved enough to add the fake 'lunar rovers', which everyone knows are really made-over golf carts. There were actually plans to have one of the U.S. automakers sponsor the lunar rovers, and to charge people to watch the landing broadcasts. The film industry hadn't yet established the idea of product placement, pay-per-view, or perpetual sequels, so the concepts were discarded. NASA didn't think anyone was gullible enough pay cash money to repeatedly watch advertisements thinly disguised as movies. Now, take a look at this lovely bridge I've got over here...

davdun75
davdun75

I'll bet you could Google the "fakeness" of the Holocaust as well... doesn't make it any less true.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

I though it was only Americans who were that stupid. http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/LRO/multimedia/lroimages/apollosites.html Still believe they never landed on the moon? Wanna buy a bridge?

regdazey
regdazey

Most of the conspiracy nuts have no idea that we landed on the moon more times. Tell them that and they kind of go.........silent.

miclaw
miclaw

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

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

When the astronauts planted the flag staff, they twisted it to get it into the ground. This imparted motion to the flag. Since is no atmosphere, any movement of the flag would only be dampened by gravitational effects. This is eight years old and takes the wind out of the hoax theories quite well: http://www.badastronomy.com/bad/tv/foxapollo.html

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.

Michael Jay
Michael Jay

that is, that we have not made greater strides into space, guess it is a money thing and a public perception thing as well. Guess I don't need to tell you but there is a great load of info over here; http://www.nasa.gov/ Great to finally get to meet you in person at The Gathering.

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.

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