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NASA loses original videotape of first moon landing

When too many journalists, researchers and other curious people insisted on seeing the original NASA films, more and more requests came in under the 'Freedom of Information Act' to force NASA to show the original material. The answer now is: the originals are lost.
THE U.S. GOVERNMENT HAS LOST THE ORIGINAL RECORDING OF THE FIRST MOON LANDING

FPF - August 16, 2006 - The situation for some people at NASA and others apparently became very difficult.There had to be found a solution at NASA concerning the questions about the original tapes of the first lunar landing. So - like in many similar cases before - the usual is said: "The films are lost." Hoping the nagging and investigating will stop.

It must be feared however, that the amount of requests for information and global curiosity in relation to the lunar landing will grow after this statement by NASA. It has nothing to do with some form of ''conspiracy theory'' - the usual lowbrow phrase to kill debates. Even if there are thousands upon thousands of criminal ENRON, PNAC or 9/11-like conspiracies - it's not a theory, but only a matter of not having certain facts yet.

Just one example of governemental and criminal conspiracy: in 1995 a photo/film laboratory of the military secret service (MID) in The Netherlands, in an official statement said that the films and pictures Dutch soldiers had made of the mass executions and other war crimes at Srebrenica in former Yugoslavia, were lost or spoiled. Dutch and other NATO war crimes, also in the Balkan, were - and still are - covered up. But even dutch ex-PM and 'sell out' Wim Kok had to explain in court about their and US/NATO's war crimes. He and his co-criminals are not in jail, yet. - Url.:  http://tinyurl.com/662pp

Personally I only have this question, which nobody anywhere in the world has been able to answer:

HOW COME SOME ASTRONAUTS - OF WHATEVER NATIONALITY - SINCE 1969 AND WITH TEN THOUSAND FOLD BETTER ELECTRONICS, BETTER FUEL, TECHNICAL POSSIBILITIES AND BETTER SPACECRAFT - FOR THIRTY-SEVEN YEARS NOT HAVE BEEN BACK ON THE MOON?

Nor on any other planet for that matter?

It's 2006, and there's still the question...

And no answer yet.

HR

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FROM CAPITOL HILL BLUE - FUBAR*

NASA LOSES ORIGINAL VIDEOTAPE OF FIRST MOON LANDING

By Staff and Wire Reports

August 15, 2006 - The U.S. government has misplaced the original recording of the first moon landing, including astronaut Neil Armstrong's famous "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind," a NASA spokesman said on Monday.

Armstrong's famous space walk, seen by millions of viewers on July 20, 1969, is among transmissions that NASA has failed to turn up in a year of searching, spokesman Grey Hautaloma said.

"We haven't seen them for quite a while. We've been looking for over a year and they haven't turned up," Hautaloma said.

The tapes also contain data about the health of the astronauts and the condition of the spacecraft. In all, some 700 boxes of transmissions from the Apollo lunar missions are missing, he said.

"I wouldn't say we're worried -- we've got all the data. Everything on the tapes we have in one form or another," Hautaloma said.

NASA has retained copies of the television broadcasts and offers several clips on its Web site.

But those images are of lower quality than the originals stored on the missing magnetic tapes.

Because NASA's equipment was not compatible with TV technology of the day, the original transmissions had to be displayed on a monitor and re-shot by a TV camera for broadcast.

Hautaloma said it is possible the tapes will be unplayable even if they are found, because they have degraded significantly over the years -- a problem common to magnetic tape and other types of recordable media.

The material was held by the National Archives but returned to NASA sometime in the late 1970s, he said.

"We're looking for paperwork to see where they last were," he said.

Story at Url.:  http://www.capitolhillblue.com/artman/publish/article_9293.shtml

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RELATED:

* For us who don't have the English language as mother tongue - 'FUBAR' is an acronym meaning "Fucked Up Beyond Any Recognition."

* Google on the lost NASA film - Url.:  http://tinyurl.com/mntur

* Was the moon landing faked? A hoax? - Google - Url.:  http://tinyurl.com/pta7s

* Definition of conspiracy on the Web: 'A secret agreement between two or more people to perform an unlawful act' - Url.:  http://tinyurl.com/ehwx4

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the answer you've been waiting for 16.Aug.2006 00:18

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>> HOW COME SOME ASTRONAUTS - OF WHATEVER NATIONALITY - SINCE 1969 AND WITH TEN THOUSAND FOLD BETTER ELECTRONICS, BETTER FUEL, TECHNICAL POSSIBILITIES AND BETTER SPACECRAFT - FOR THIRTY-SEVEN YEARS NOT HAVE BEEN BACK ON THE MOON?

Because there's nothing of value on the moon. Now if the moon had oil... or water... the US military would be building military bases there. But instead those bases are being built in Iraq.

Cherish the Icons 16.Aug.2006 01:22

basalt

Well....I think we also need to look for the records left by the islanders who carved and erected the giant heads on Easter Island! That surely will restore some confidence that, like the moon landing, there was noble purpose and principle involved, that future generations are better for it.

A better question 16.Aug.2006 10:35

Politicus sal@electrobotanica.org

A better question than, "Why haven't we been back to the moon?" is, "Why did we go there in the first place?". I would like to believe that we did that "not because it was easy but because it was hard" and as a result of humanity's exploration of its environment, but the world is not that idealistic.

The space race was the direct result of the cold war. Both the US and USSR got their space programs off the ground, no pun intended, with captured German rocket technology. Geography played a large part in the way the space race developed. The Soviets captured Peenemunde, the main German rocket development and test site. This provided them with initial head start as they had access to the actual technology and documentation. The critical personnel, however, fled to the west in order to insure their capture by Americans. Most of these, regardless of their enthusiasm for the Nazi party, were employed by the US in its own space program.

The invention of nuclear weapons made delivery systems top priority. This work culminated in the intercontinental ballistic missile, a weapon system capable of delivering terrible destruction half way around the globe within an hour.

So in short, the moon was an objective that fed the military industrial complex with wealth, resources and human ability to achieve a new weapon system. Now that this system is no longer in need of advancing, as today's wars are asymmetric, the moon or space exploration in general is no longer a focus. Parts of the industrial complex tried to extend their spot at the public trough by inventing the Space based Defense Initiative (SDI) and the anti-ballistic missile defense shield ideas as reasons to continue aerospace funding, but the rest of the industrial complex has moved on to providing the military with other capabilities.



On the Block 16.Aug.2006 20:04

North Portlander

I say, wait a couple of months until it shows up on eBay and we'll have the culprits.