Forty years to the day after astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin made their giant leap for mankind, that first moon landing stands as a monument to human innovation. Of course, hoax theories still abound: one claims Stanley Kubrick filmed Apollo 11 and 12 while working on 2001: A Space Odyssey, while another insists 382 kilograms of moon rocks collected by Apollo missions were actually gathered from Antarctica. But other claims are more empirical.
NASA's getting into the swing of celebrating 40 years since Armstrong and Aldrin strolled on the Moon, and the latest party piece is some restored TV footage of those famous moments. It's all very nice, but we must do better next time.
NASA's been busy on the project for a little while, working with Lowry Digital—experts in digital image processing—to tackle the video tapes of the incredibly historic first moonwalk on July 20, 1969. The job is a big one, and obviously needs to be done with maximum care and attention, so it's not due to be finished until the fall.
On July 16, 1969, Americans watched on their TVs as Michael Collins, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, and Neil Armstrong took to the skies. "Spacesuits: Within the Collections of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum" provides an in-depth look into the development of the garb outfitting the crews of the lunar missions.