What happened to the Apollo original filming on the Moon?  Where are they for public View? Not the broadcast or Polaroid taken from the monitor.

Almost all the photos you see of the astronauts on the Moon are “original filming”.  The live video that was broadcast to Earth at the time was quite limited; in the case of Apollo 11, it was difficult even to see what was happening.  By the later missions the astronauts were using color video, but even that was low resolution by modern standards, reflecting limited bandwidth communications.  However, the astronauts brought back excellent film stills taken with Hasselblad cameras as well as 16 mm movies.  These were the products used to make the contemporary NASA releases, and they are what we see today in more recent videos about Apollo and the exploration of the Moon.  The originals of all the films are kept at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston.

David Morrison

NLSI Interim Director

January 5, 2009

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