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Remembering the Moon WalkPosted Sunday, July 19, 2009, at 8:08 AM
It seems that NASA announced on Thursday (July 16) that the original recordings of the moon walk were erased and used over, in order to save money.
So much for historical preservation. Can you imagine some NASA employee being so short-sighted as to think that these recordings weren't an important part of history? When an effort to "save money" becomes all-important, we can see the results.
However, there is a broader issue here. There are groups out there in our country who swear that the entire moon walk was nothing more than a Hollywood-produced conspiracy to dupe the American people into believing that the U.S. had put a man on the moon.
I'm not sure if this conspiracy theory is comparable to the idea that the Holocaust never happened, but there are skeptics in both areas.
However, for non-conspiracy enthusiasts, there is good news. Good copies of the moon walk have been found in the archives of CBS and some kinescopes in the film vaults at Johnson Space Center.
These old recordings are being cleaned up, ironically, by a Burbank, California company called Lowry Digital. The fact that this is a Hollywood-based company will undoubtedly add fuel to the conspiracy fire.
There is more good news: There may well be unofficial copies of the original broadcast out there somewhere that were taken from a NASA video switching center in Sydney, Australia. Someone else in Sydney may also have taken recordings of the Apollo 11 moon walk.
There are cleaned up photos coming out, so watch for them.
I think it's exciting that such an amazing event happened 40 years ago. My husband and I had just traveled the Alaska highway and were adjusting to our new lives in Fairbanks. It was such a magic time in my life that I hardly had time to look up at the moon.
So much has happened since that innocent time. My husband is a memory, my three children are grown with children of their own, much water has gone under the bridge of life. It all seems like a dream. I look at those old images from the moon and marvel at it all.
From the remote hills of Tillman, Missouri, where the trees obscure the moon, this is your rural reporter Madeline, remembering how it was in that time of the moon walk forty years ago...
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Madeline (Giles) DeJournett is the Advance writer for the North Stoddard Countian. A retired high school English/history teacher, she spent 32 years teaching in 5 schools in Missouri and Alaska. These days, she lives quietly with a menagerie of wild and domestic animals on 52 secluded acres in the remote Tillman hills south of Advance. She graduated from Dexter High School in 1960 and Southeast Missouri State in 1964. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 573-722-5322.