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Original Apollo 11 tapes to fetch $2 million

By T.K. Randall
June 29, 2019 · Comment icon 5 comments



NASA managed to lose almost all the original Apollo 11 tapes. Image Credit: NASA
The only surviving original recordings of the Apollo 11 Moon landing are set to go up for auction next month.
Despite the groundbreaking nature of the Apollo 11 mission, the original tape recordings of the event were sadly lost after NASA recorded over them during a data tape shortage back in the 1980s.

As luck would have it however, some of the tapes did actually survive.

Three of the original tapes were found totally by accident after Gary George purchased a large pile of tapes from a US government surplus auction 40 years ago for a measly $218.
He had planned to sell them to television stations, but he kept three marked "Apollo 11 EVA".

He later discovered that the otherwise unremarkable tapes were in fact original recordings from the iconic mission and one even included Neil Armstrong's famous "one small step" speech.

"I had no idea there was anything of value on them," said George.

The tapes are now expected to fetch up to $2 million.

Source: The Guardian | Comments (5)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by AllPossible 4 years ago
1 small step for man 1 giant leap for bank account over draft
Comment icon #2 Posted by ChrLzs 4 years ago
In a way, it's a bit like selling off all one's original DVDs, CDs and vinyl... after you've made high quality digital copies to keep... I would never do that!
Comment icon #3 Posted by Torviking 4 years ago
I?ve got them on reel to reel tape, am I going to be a millionaire? Errrre no.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Torviking 4 years ago
I?ve got them on reel to reel tape, am I going to be a millionaire? Errrre no.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Merc14 4 years ago
NASA Addresses Controversy Over 'Lost Tapes' of Apollo 11 Moonwalk The agency dismissed claims that it had lost footage of the first moonwalk. As a former one-time NASA intern prepares to auction off videotapes that allegedly contain original recordings of the first moonwalk, NASA released a statement addressing claims that the agency lost the footage from the Apollo 11 mission. The search for the "lost tapes" began in 2006, when reports began surfacing that NASA had erased some original footage from the first moon landing. The agency conducted an intensive search at the time, but could not f... [More]


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