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Re: "One giant blunder for mankind: how NASA lost moon pictures"



Note to all ...the first URL is truncated, rumor has it by the way, that the
tapes are in the same box as the missing moon rocks...

...maybe the flag was really waving in the breeze...

It would be interesting if we could review the old link power budgets and
frequencies for future "satellite zero" discussions

Roger
WA1KAT

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ellis" <ellisfamily@homemail.com.au>
To: <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Saturday, August 05, 2006 5:11 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] "One giant blunder for mankind: how NASA lost moon
pictures"


> Hello,
>
> I have an interest in the history of radio, and the history of technology.
>
> Here is a story from the Saturday 5 Aug 2006 edition of one of the several
> "newspapers of record" in Australia, the Sydney Morning Herald.
>
>
http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/one-giant-blunder-for-mankind/2006/08/04
> /1154198328978.html
> One giant blunder for mankind: how NASA lost moon pictures
> by
> Richard Macey
> August 5, 2006
>
> The newspaper's story proves the old saying, "All news is local." It tells
> of the efforts of John Sarkissian, a scientist at Parkes radio telescope (
> http://www.parkes.atnf.csiro.au/people/jsarkiss/ ), to find missing NASA
> video tapes of the 1969 moon walk by Armstrong and Aldrin.
>
> The funny thing is that the SMH mentions the iconic Australian movie, "The
> Dish" ( http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0205873/ ), that gets the history
subtly
> and not-so-subtly wrong. But, most Australians accept it as truth, because
> it was made into a movie.
>
> Here ( http://www.parkes.atnf.csiro.au/apollo11/ ) is Sarkissian's version
> of the truth, that at least mentions the role of NASA's Goldstone (US) and
> Honeysuckle Creek (Australian) ground stations taking the first feeds of
the
> moon walk. (see tab "The Television Broadcasts")
>
> Please notice the timeline:
> 2000 Movie made (released just after 30th anniversary of moon walk)
> 2001    Sarkissian's research into history of Parkes' involvement
> 2006 world hears of the 'loss' of the moon tapes, and that the march of
> technology will make them unreadable anyway in 3 months when NASA's and
> possibly the world's last facility capable of playing them will be shut
> down.
>
> Best wishes,
> Peter VK1KEP
> AMSAT-BB list-lurker
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