Apollo 11 on the Sea of Tranquility (restored video)
Recently, at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Nafzger sat down at a computer loaded with the restored video, which he’d just received from California the day before. He called up a side by side comparison of the old and new — although he cautioned that the restoration is ongoing and won’t be complete until September.
In the old, fuzzy footage of Neil Armstrong coming down the ladder of his LEM spacecraft, “there’s nothing but a dark image and possibly a foot,” says Nafzger. “If I told you it was a foot, you’d probably say, ‘OK, must be a foot.’ ”
That same scene is much improved in the new version. “You can see the structure of the LEM, you can see his full outline of his body,” says Nafzger, who points to a reflection in Armstrong’s helmet that couldn’t be seen before. “It’s still not pristine, it’s not clean and detailed, but it’s now an astronaut, and it’s something no one saw before — this is the first step on the moon.”
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Apollo 11 on the Sea of Tranquility
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