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Posted: 1/20/2013 11:20:28 PM EDT
The Apollo 11 missing tapes are missing slow-scan television (SSTV) recordings of the lunar transmissions broadcast during the Apollo 11 moonwalk, which was the first time human beings walked on the Moon. The tapes carried SSTV and telemetry data recorded onto analog data recording tape. The SSTV data was recorded as a backup against any failure of the live television broadcasts.[1] To allow broadcast of the SSTV transmission on standard television, a real-time conversion from SSTV format was done. The converted video of the moonwalk was broadcast live around the world on July 21, 1969 (UTC). Many videotapes and kinescopes were made of this broadcast as it happened, and these have never been missing.[2] Meanwhile, the missing tapes which carried recordings of the SSTV signal as transmitted from the Moon, but before undergoing scan conversion, are believed to have been erased and reused by NASA, along with many thousands of other tapes. (NASA was faced with a shortage of quality data tapes in the early 1980s due to a change in the manufacturing process in the mid-1970s. This caused tapes that were no longer needed to be reused.)[1] If the original SSTV format tapes were found, modern technology could be easily and cheaply used to make a higher-quality conversion, yielding better images than those originally seen. There are several still photographs, along with a few short segments of super 8 movie film taken of a video monitor in Australia, which show the SSTV transmission before it was converted.

Apollo 11 missing tapes.

You'd think they'd have preserved these tapes, for their historical value!
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 11:22:55 PM EDT
Probably the same guys who didn't properly convert the distances to mars on that one rover.
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 11:35:53 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Durka-Durka:
Probably the same guys who didn't properly convert the distances to mars on that one rover.

the distance was correct, the unit of measurement... not so much
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 11:44:48 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/20/2013 11:45:50 PM EDT by RED_5]
there were some missing Surveyor or maybe Ranger tapes found in an old McDonalds some time ago.....

I hope these National Treasures are found intact!



Link Posted: 1/21/2013 12:01:46 AM EDT
The missing tapes would prove the landings were a hoax.
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 12:55:01 AM EDT
This is old news. I heard about it months ago.

It certainly is sad. The only video we have is from the TV cameras in the control room actually filming the big screen the NASA techs were watching. That's why the quality is so low.

Hard to believe, isn't it?
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 3:20:01 AM EDT
There's a very good (and interesting) movie about that moment in time: "The Dish," with Sam Neill.

A large radio astronomy dish in Australia was used as the backup receiver for the Apollo 11 moon landing and walk. Very good story, told with typical Aussie humor.
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 3:24:31 AM EDT
George Lucas could remake them so the moon shoots first.
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 4:19:04 AM EDT
They gave the tapes to Al Jazeera as a goodwill gesture
Link Posted: 1/21/2013 4:20:22 AM EDT
Originally Posted By CarbineDad:
They gave the tapes to Al Jazeera as a goodwill gesture

Wouldn't surprise me.

All in all, that's government in action for you.
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