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NASA Searching for Moon Landing Tapes
NASA launches official search for more than 13,000 original tapes of Apollo moon missions
WASHINGTON, Aug. 16, 2006 (AP) Red-faced because the best pictures of its glory days are missing, NASA said Tuesday it was launching an official search for more than 13,000 original tapes of the historic Apollo moon missions.
The original video, taken directly from the moon and beamed to deep space network observatories in Australia, has never been seen by the general public or even NASA officials.
The entire world watched fuzzy, ghostlike images of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walking on the moon. But only a handful of technicians saw the good stuff live, sharp enough to see Armstrong's reflection in Aldrin's faceplate, said Stan Lebar, the retired Apollo television camera manager.
"The quality ... is two, three or four times better than we ever saw," said Richard Nafzger, a senior engineer at Goddard who on Tuesday was put in charge of the search effort.
The tapes aren't lost, insists the NASA official put in charge of the search. But he doesn't know where they are.
Originally posted by StreetFox
There was an unexplained spark in the shuttle, which resulted in an outrageously disagreeable fire.
Apollo Astronaut Was Murdered, Son Charges
from TPDL 1999-Feb-11,
by Christopher Ruddy:
Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom, the astronaut slated to be the first man to walk on the moon, was murdered, his son has charged in the February 16 edition of STAR magazine.
In another stunning development, a lead NASA investigator has charged the agency engaged in a cover-up of the true cause of the catastrophe that killed Grissom and two other astronauts.
The tabloid exclusive by Steve Herz reports that Scott Grissom, 48, has gone public with the family's long held belief that their father was purposefully killed during Apollo I.
The January 27, 1967, Apollo I mission was a simulated launch in preparation for an actual lunar flight.
NASA concluded the Apollo I deaths of Grissom, as well as astronauts Edward H. White and Roger Chafee, were the result of an explosive fire that enveloped the pure oxygen atmosphere of the space capsule. NASA investigators could not identify what caused the spark, but wrote the catastrophe off as an accident.
"My father's death was no accident, he was murdered," Grissom, a commercial pilot, told STAR.
Grissom said he recently was granted access to the charred capsule and discovered a "fabricated" metal plate located behind a control panel switch. The switch controlled the capsules' electrical power source from an outside source to the ship's batteries. Grissom argues that the placement of the metal plate was an act of sabotage. When the one of the astronauts toggled the switch to transfer power to the ship's batteries, a spark was created igniting a fireball.
Clark Mac Donald, a McDonnell-Douglas engineer hired by NASA to investigate the fire, offered corroborating evidence. Breaking more than three decades of silence, Mac Donald alleges that he determined an electrical short caused by the change over to battery power had caused the fire.
He says that NASA destroyed his report and interview tapes in an effort to stem public criticism of the space program.
"I have agonized for 31 years about revealing the truth but I didn't want to hurt NASA's image or cause trouble," Mac Donald told the paper. "But I can't let one more day go by without the truth being known."
Grissom's widow, Betty, now 71, told STAR she agrees with her son's claim that her husband had been murdered.
"I believe Scott has found the key piece of evidence to prove NASA knew all along what really happened but covered up to protect funding for the race to the moon."
Originally posted by GoldenFleeceWhy is there undisturbed soil and pebbles beneath the LEM's rocket engine?
Why are there no lunar rover tracks when there are boot prints all around it?
What about the hundreds of photo anomalies that show artificial lighting, fake backgrounds and fake boulders?
There are other photos of position crosshairs behind the images and even a rock with a carved "C" on it (claimed to be a stray piece of hair on the negative.)
Why does this official NASA video that was purportedly accidentally released show Apollo 11 astronots faking TV footage of the earth? Some claim it's just "test footage", but test footage of what? How to fake shots of the earth?
This was supposedly mankind's greatest achievement, but NASA somehow "lost" EVERY original tape that just happens to be of a much higher quality than what was seen on TV? C'mon.
Why is there undisturbed soil and pebbles beneath the LEM's rocket engine?
The Van Allen radiation belts + 1960's technology = Doubt it.
The Photos... (search C ROCK Light Angles etc.)
Originally posted by StreetFox
And no matter how hard I try, I can't explain those photos with completely similar backgrounds yet different objects in the foreground.
Originally posted by Blanca Rose
How has it been of a benefit, if we did, after the money spent?