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Mark Suszko
NASA video question for Tim
on Aug 2, 2006 at 8:28:26 pm

It kind of cheered me up: here I am trying to find a tape at work that's not filed in the stacks correctly and I hear about the Apollo 11 footage gone mis-filed in the archives at Marshall or some such center. So I'm not the only one:-) But what I wanted to ask about was, do you have details on the special format these higher-quality images of Armstrong stepping off the LEM were recorded in?

It was apparently some esoteric and proprietary field-sequential format that's on the missing tapes and can only be read by these antique machines NASA is about to surplus...if the tapes turn up...

I didn't know until this week that the footage we all saw on that July day in '69 was gotten by shooting right off a CRT monitor in the Australian tracking station (Woomera, I'm guessing?) with a regular old plumbicon camera, because they had no practical means at the time to do a standards conversion direct to air from the "better" feed.

Any detail or background on this you're allowed to share with us would be welcome.

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Timothy J. Allen
Re: NASA video question for Tim
on Aug 4, 2006 at 8:53:23 am

I think we have all of the footage that was broadcasted converted from the original film to HD. I'm in L.A. at the X Games right now, but let me check into this stuff next week when I get back to Houston.

Speaking of the X games, we have a few sports-related 1-minute long education videos that explore the concepts of physics by asking questions such as "What would extreme sports look like on the moon?" The hope is that they will serve as a jumping off point for kids so they might want to learn more about math and science.

They are on the main NASA web page and at

We did them very quickly with a limited crew, since most of my team is focusing on the next shuttle mission, but we wanted to go ahead and release them while the X games were going on.

Anyway, they were fun to work on and I hope to go back in a couple of weeks and tweak them. ;-) (I didn't mean to switch subjects, but that's the project on my mind right now.)


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Re: NASA video question for Tim
on Aug 28, 2006 at 3:13:37 am


Off topic, but does NASA have more than one "video/ prodoction" section at JSS? I have a couple of buddies that work out there...Derek Sollossi and Steven Torres. I was wondering if you know them. Just curious.

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