It sounds like a predictable storyline for a classic television sitcom: a videotape of an important event is deleted and recorded. However, in 2006, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration confessed: No one could find the original Apollo 11 moon landing tapes of July 1969. “One giant leap for mankind” – that moon landing . It turns out that NASA’s moon landing tapes were among a batch of about 200,000 tapes that were magnetically erased and reused to save money. Let the media save the day. NASA has acquired good copies of news broadcasts, most notably from CBS News, along with tapes called kinescopes found in the Johnson Space Center movie repositories in Houston. These tapes, along with other fragments, they have been reassembled and remastered into a watchable whole. John Lowry, of Lowry Digital in California, had digitally restored many old films and his team worked with magic on the moon landing tapes to create archival-worthy footage of the event, which has now been safely preserved. .
Interesting facts about the Apollo 11 telecast:
The CBS News broadcast scored number one on the network’s evening news in 1969.
An estimated 600 million people watched the moon landing live on television.
CBS News presenter Walter Cronkite was on the air for 31 of the 34 hours of continuous broadcast.