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"The most important aspect of this website is the included mission control audio that was digitized specifically for this project," said Feist in an interview with collectSPACE.com. "This material has been in the National Archives and hasn't been heard since 1970. It includes recordings of the flight controllers throughout mission control for the entire mission."
Like the 2019 feature-length documentary "Apollo 11," on which Feist also worked, the audio includes the conversations at each mission control console, to and from each flight controller's back room support teams and phone conversations like the one between Mattingly and Marilyn Lovell.
"The last five of these tapes were only recently found and were just digitized at Johnson Space Center this past January," said Feist. "They contain the period of the mission surrounding the on board explosion that disabled the mission and were used as part of the accident investigation in 1970."
"A member of our volunteer team, Jeremy Cooper, wrote a brilliant piece of software that uses data signals on the tapes to measure the severe speed distortions that plagued these recordings. This allowed for the distortion unique to each tape to be corrected out of each digital sample via a proprietary process. The result is stunningly clear audio that is perfectly synced to the original mission time. There is 7,200 hours of this material on the website," Feist said.
Another member of the team, archivist Stephen Slater, then painstakingly matched the audio to the available silent film shot inside Mission Control.
"I used reference points in the room such as mission clocks and console displays to narrow down the possible timeframes," Slater told collectSPACE. "The end result really brings some quite famous Mission Operations Control Room moments to life, some of which had actually been re-enacted for the 1995 movie based purely on the audio."
Also included is commentary from the Apollo Flight Journal and NASA's recently released 4K recreations of what the Apollo 13 crew saw while swinging around the moon based on data from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO).
originally posted by: OneBigMonkeyToo
a reply to: Soylent Green Is People
...They're also happy to point out what the film got wrong!
Lovell, from 1970 Technical debrief: "When we got to the point to jettison the SM, I thrusted up. Then, Fred went to verify that Jack was going to throw the right switch."
Swigert, from 1970 Technical debrief: "I wanted Fred there to make sure that I raised the CM/SM Sep switch and not the CM/LM Sep switches."
Haise, from 1970 Technical debrief: "I did go, but he had gray tape over the LM Sep switches. I figured that was enough of a safeguard and the way Jim thrusted, I needed to be there to control the pitch again with the TTCA."