One small step, one giant loss

38 years ago today Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the moon.

The Apollo 11 moon landing was one of the greatest achievements in the history of mankind. And engineering a video setup that could capture the event and beam it back to Earth so that half a billion people could watch it — that was pretty impressive, too. But the version of the footage that the world saw on TV was muddied and degraded. Luckily, a pristine version of the raw footage was recorded onto 14 inch magnetic tape reels and sent to NASA for safekeeping. One snag — NASA now has no idea where that tape is.

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NASA Apollo 11 35th Anniversary Video

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