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Friday, July 17, 2009


Video of Moonwalk From 1969 Restored

NASA on Thursday unveiled refurbished video of the first human landing on the moon, restored after it became clear that the original tapes of the July 20, 1969, moonwalk had been erased and reused.

NASA admitted in 2006 that no one could find the original video recordings of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin's landing. Since then, Richard Nafzger, an engineer at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, found where the footage went: It was in a batch of 200,000 tapes that were degaussed -- magnetically erased -- and reused to save money.

So NASA took television video copies of what Apollo 11 beamed to Earth 40 years ago to a Hollywood film-restoration company, which made the pictures look sharper.

NASA emphasized that the video isn't "new" -- just better-quality.

"There's nothing being created; there's nothing being manufactured," said Nafzger, who is in charge of the project.

The full set of recordings, being cleaned up by Burbank, Calif.-based Lowry Digital, will be released in September. The preview is online at

-- From News Services

Endeavour Undergoes In-Flight Inspection: The space shuttle Endeavour's astronauts inspected their ship as engineers on Earth pored over launch pictures that showed debris breaking off the fuel tank and striking the craft. The slow, tedious work unfolded as the shuttle rocketed toward the international space station for a Friday linkup. It will take days to sort through available data to reach a conclusion about how much damage the shuttle sustained.

-- Associated Press

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