45 Years Since the Moon Landing

by Ryan on July 20, 2014

in Anything Else,Culture,History

Forty-five years ago today Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first people to walk on the Moon.  Michael Collins drew the short straw and had to stay in orbit.

Real heroes achieving a milestone in history on par with the discovery of the New World, and one which required less computing power to accomplish than your cell phone.  And America did it.  Wonder if we could do it today

Though doubters persist, Ockham’s Razor teaches us that the simplest explanation is probably the correct one.  Therefore, we did go to the moon (six times).  Think:  it was too big an event with too many people working on it with too much at stake in the Cold War to actually fake it and get away with it with too many people having to keep too many secrets, and it all still holds up to reasonable scientific scrutiny.

However, I must admit that my biggest concern was the grainy film that looks fake.  However, with some quick research it can be easily explained through 1960s tech:

The black and white images of Armstrong and Aldrin bounding around the moon were provided by a single small video camera aboard the lunar module. The camera used a non-standard scan format that commercial television could not broadcast.

NASA used a scan converter to optically and electronically adapt these images to a standard U.S. broadcast TV signal. The tracking stations converted the signals and transmitted them using microwave links, Intelsat communications satellites, and AT&T analog landlines to Mission Control in Houston. By the time the images appeared on international television, they were substantially degraded.

That seems to explain the grainy, degraded look of the initial film.  One of the coolest aspects of the Apollo missions to me has always been Earthrise.  So cool.

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