“A small step for man, a giant leap for humankind”. These were the legendary words of Neil Armstrong setting his foot on the Moon for the first time during NASA’s Lunar exploration mission back in July, 1969. As we have all probably seen the incredible footage of one of humankind’s most significant achievements it’s good to know that, according to recent announcements, it was actually a digitally repaired copy of it and not the real deal.
NASA admitted back in 2006 that they no longer have in possession the original recordings of the legendary, yet controversial, transmission from the Moon.
Since that day on Richard Nafzger, the engineer who oversaw the television transmission broadcasts during the Apollo 11 mission launched a global search for the original tapes.
Eventually, the scientists from NASA were able to determine what exactly happened to the tapes. Unfortunately, the discovery was that the they were a part of a batch of 200,000 other tapes that were recycled by being magnetically erased and then used all over again. All the good intentions regarding this process were to become eco-friendly and save money.