Did you need that moment in history? I taped the cricket
Earlier this week I was banging on about what a shame it is that nobody much cared about the space program anymore.
So this morning, at the risk of sounding like some kind of space obsessed nut, I was thrilled to see NASA release this new footage of the moon landing to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission.
What is even better about this story is that NASA had to borrow four video tapes of the landing from around the world after taping over their original footage.
The original grainy images have been digital enhanced by the Hollywood studio that recently updated Casablanca - so Neil and Buzz can always have the moon. Only bits have been down so far, with about another 60 of the footage yet to be restored.
According to Associated Press senior NASA engineer Dick Nafzger just had more important things to do than worry about a bit of bloody video tape:
“Nafzger, who was in charge of the live TV recordings back in the Apollo years, said they were mostly thought of as data tapes. It wasn’t his job to preserve history, he said, just to make sure the footage worked. In retrospect, he said he wished NASA hadn’t reused the tapes.”
While one can sympathise with Nafzger – who was probably more worried about working out re-entry trajectories so Armstrong and co didn’t return as heroes in ashes form – you can’t help think maybe somebody somewhere in NASA might have thought it worthwhile to put the tape in the cupboard near series three of Seinfeld.
So it being Friday I ask you, dear reader, whether you’ve ever taped over and erased video, pictures, your girlfriend’s thesis or anything else of worth to yourself or others?
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