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The television camera taken to the lunar surface was a Westinghouse designed and built slow-scan black and white camera with a vertical resolution of 320 lines scanned at 10 frames per second. This camera was chosen because the available bandwidth from the Moon (500kHz) was not sufficient for a standard TV signal.
On Earth, the received slow scan signal was converted to a standard TV picture (in this case, the American standard of 525 lines and 30 frames per second) using specially built scan converters. At Goldstone and Honeysuckle, the conversion was done on site. The Parkes slow scan TV signal was sent to the OTC (Overseas Telecommunications Commission) Paddington gateway exchange in Oxford Street, Paddington, in Sydney and converted there. At Paddington (‘Sydney Video’) the best of the two signals from Honeysuckle or Parkes was chosen and sent to Houston via Intelsat through the OTC Moree ground station. Charlie Goodman, seasoned communications expert from NASA was responsible for selecting which signal was sent.
At the Overseas Telecommunications Commissions’s International Exchange in Paddington, Sydney, a special room was equipped to handle the Apollo 11 TV – dubbed “Sydney Video”.
NASA’s Charlie Goodman (far left) was responsible for selecting the better video (out of Honeysuckle or Parkes) for sending to Houston via the OTC’s earth station at Moree in northern NSW.
The MESA was deployed via the astronaut pulling the MESA deployment actuating handle "D handle" located on the egress platform "porch" of the lunar module. As the cable pulled the cam, it disengaged a lock pin from a pivot arm. A "key" prevented the lock pin from interfering with its on disengagement from a locking post on the MESA as it slid into a slot. Once this was done, lunar gravity took over and deployed the MESA downward into position. Once deployed, the MESA served as a work station for the astronauts.
Originally posted by Anonymous ATS
I want to see a recent picture or proof of the moon buggy left on the moon.
Remember we were in the cold war, why didn't we continue to go back? Poor ratings?