World Celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 moon landing of 20th July 2019, While former NASA intern Gary George sold off three of the videotapes for $1.82 Million at auction house Sotheby’s on Saturday, CNN reported.
The tapes were recorded at NASA’s Mission Control Center in Houston and come from a Westinghouse camera the agency had commissioned to send footage back to earth.
George was an engineering student at Lamar University when he interned at the NASA Johnson Space Center and occasionally went to government surplus auctions, Sotheby’s said. In June 1976, he paid $217.77 for a lot of about 1,150 reels of magnetic tape that had belonged to NASA.
“Since the camera had to be deployed before [Neil] Armstrong and Aldrin exited the Lunar Module if it was truly going to capture their first steps on the surface of the moon, the camera was stowed in a shock-proof and insulated mount on the LM’s Modularized Equipment Stowage Assembly,” Sotheby’s said in the statement. “Armstrong released the MESA when he first peered out of the LM, so that the camera would be in a position to capture his slow descent down the ladder and onto the lunar surface. The two astronauts later removed the camera from the LM and mounted it on a tripod to capture a wider view of the LM and their activities and experiments.”
The resulting footage spans 2 hours and 24 minutes.
“The present videotapes are the only surviving first-generation recordings of the historic moonwalk, and are sharper and more distinct than the few tapes that have survived from the contemporary network television broadcasts”
– Said Sotheby’s
The Sotheby’s didn’t reveal who bought the recordings!