Today marks the 40th anniversary of the liftoff of the Saturn V rocket that took astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins to the moon. What very few non-space buffs realize is that the only footage that exists of the landing itself are the grainy, ghost-like images beamed to TV sets in 1969, and NASA’s HD quality video was probably erased.
Nevertheless, at the Newseum in Washington today, NASA unveiled footage being restored by Lowry Digital in Burbank, marking an improvement over what we’ve seen every major anniversary.
The occasion has inspired a host of new books, DVDs and the cover of Time. Some of the more amazing projects on Apollo include the Blu Ray release of Al Reinert’s 1989 documentary “For All Mankind” and the John F. Kennedy Library’s Apollo Website, WeChoosetheMoon.org, which allows users to follow the mission in real-time, starting with the launch today.
Here’s CBS News footage of the launch from July 16, 1969. More here.