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Ecstatic space officials at Nasa could be about to unveil one of their most stunning discoveries for 40 years - new and amazingly clear footage of the first moon landing.
The release of the new images next month could be one of the most talked about events of the summer.
The television images the world has been used to seeing of the historic moment when Neil Armstrong descended down a ladder onto the moons surface in 1969 is grainy, blurry and dark.

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The Saga Of the Lost Space Tapes
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As Neil Armstrong prepared to take his "one small step" onto the moon in July 1969, a specially hardened video camera tucked into the lander's door clicked on to capture that first human contact with the lunar surface. The ghostly images of the astronaut's boot touching the soil record what may be the most iconic moment in NASA history, and a major milestone for mankind.

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Moon tapes still missing

Since NASA officials ramped up a search in August for missing Apollo 11 moon landing tapes, the team continues to investigate their whereabouts.

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For years 'lost' tapes recording data from the Apollo 11 Moon landing have been stored underneath the seats of Australian physics students. A recent search has uncovered them.
They were nearly thrown out with the rubbish. But a last minute search instead has scientists in Western Australia dusting off several boxes of 'lost' NASA tapes which record surface conditions on the Moon just after Neil Armstrong stepped into space history on 21 July 1969.
After addressing Earth, the American astronaut set up a package of scientific instruments, including a dust detector designed by an Australian physicist. The data collected by the detector was sent back to ground stations on Earth and recorded on magnetic tapes - copies of which are as rare as the 'misplaced' original video footage of the 1969 touchdown.

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An Australian computer programmer says he found the missing “a” from Armstrong’s famous first words from the moon in 1969, when the world heard the phrase, "That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

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Hopes an Australian filmmaker might have found a clue to the mystery of NASA's missing Apollo 11 moon-mission tapes have been dashed.
CSIRO Parkes Observatory operations scientist John Sarkissian said the tapes left in a Sydney vault 20 years ago were a compilation of Gemini and Apollo mission footage released as promotional material by NASA in the 1970s and accompanying documentation would not throw light on the mystery.

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A reel of film held for 20 years in a Sydney vault could unlock the mystery of what happened to the original tapes of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
The reel belongs to Australian film producer and rock video director Peter Clifton, who had all but forgotten a pristine 16-millimetre film of the moon landing was part of his vast personal film catalogue.
Mr Clifton had ordered the reel in 1979 for a rock film he was making about Pink Floyd's The Dark Side Of The Moon but forgot he had it until seeing a news report on television recently.
The footage of Neil Armstrong's "one small step" is considered among the most important artefacts of the 20th century but the original NASA tapes have been mislaid somewhere in the US.
It is hoped documentation associated with Mr Clifton's reel will help direct researchers to the warehouse or museum where the missing tapes are stored - if they still exist.

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German astronomers revealed on Monday that they possess one of the world's rarest videotape collections: original images of the Apollo moon landings that have been lost by the United States' National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa).
Broadcast images of the day, which still exist in archives, were made by filming Nasa video screens.

"We are one of the few places in the world with the raw images, not copies of copies, but direct signals from the Moon. We have got pictures from Apollo 15 and the missions after that" - Thilo Elsner, director of the Bochum Observatory.

However his agency had no video, only sound, of the historic first mission, Apollo 11. Elsner said the signals could only be picked up by Bochum's 20m antenna when the moon was visible from Germany.
He said the collection of between 100 and 150 reels of two-inch magnetic tape would be useful, if Nasa also lacked originals from that later period.

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The moments Neil Armstrong took his first tentative steps on to the moon are a defining image of the 20th century: grainy, fuzzy, unforgettable.

But just 37 years after Apollo 11, it is feared that the magnetic tapes that recorded the first moon walk beamed to the world via three tracking stations, including Australia's famous "dish" in Parkes, have gone missing at NASA's Goddard Space Centre in Maryland.
Now, a desperate search has begun amid concerns the tapes will disintegrate to dust before they can be found. Among those battling to unscramble the mystery is John Sarkissian, a CSIRO scientist stationed at Parkes for a decade.

"We are working on the assumption they still exist...Your guess is a good as mine as to where they are" - John Sarkissian.

It is not widely known that the Apollo 11 television broadcast from the moon was a high-quality transmission, far sharper than the identical but more blurry version relayed instantly to the world on that July day in 1969.
The format used by the original pictures beamed from the moon was not compatible with commercial technology used by TV networks. So the images received at Parkes, and at tracking stations near Canberra and in California, were played on screens mounted in front of conventional TV cameras.

"The quality of what you saw on TV at home was substantially degraded" in the process, Mr Sarkissian said, creating the ghostly images of Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin that strained the eyes of hundreds of millions of people watching around the world.
Mr Sarkissian began researching the role of Parkes in Apollo 11's mission in 1997, before the movie The Dish was made. However, when he later contacted NASA colleagues to ask about the tapes, they could not be found.

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The Untold Story
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The first men on the Moon had to use a pen to fix a broken switch on their lunar module and return home to Earth, British newspaper the Daily Mirror reported on Monday ahead of a new television documentary.
Neil Armstrong, the first man on the Moon, and Buzz Aldrin, his fellow astronaut, accidentally snapped off the switch of a circuit breaker, and found they could not take off without it.
Aldrin then jammed a ballpoint pen into the hole where the switch had been, allowing the astronauts' lunar module Eagle to leave the surface of the Moon.
According to the documentary "Apollo 11: The Untold Story", that was aired on Monday on Britain's Channel Five television, the US was so eager to beat the Soviet Union in putting a man on the Moon, that it launched its historic 1969 mission before it was completely prepared.
Then-president Richard Nixon even prepared an address to the nation announcing the deaths of Armstrong, Aldrin and Michael Collins.

"In looking around at some of the lunar dust on the floor, I discovered something that really didn't belong there — a broken end of a circuit breaker. In the countdown procedure I used a pen, one of several that we had on board that didn't have metal on the end, and we used that to push the circuit breaker in" - Buzz Aldrin.

The documentary also shows how the US government ordered NASA to cut links with the astronauts if disaster was imminent, not wanting the world to watch images of American astronauts spinning off into space.
Aldrin revealed how the astronauts believed they saw an unidentified flying object during the flight as well, adding that NASA covered it up for thirty years.

"There was something out there that was close enough to be observed" - Buzz Aldrin.

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