The original videos of the Apollo 11 landing on the moon were sold for nearly $ 2 million.


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The original videos of the Apollo 11 landing on the moon were sold for nearly $ 2 million.

So far, the entire caring world celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first landing of a man on the Moon, and we discussed why the USSR lost the moon race to America, in Sotheby's – one of the world's oldest auction houses – three original videotapes recorded during that very historic The events of the year 69. How much? For 1 million 820 thousand dollars! This is more than 8,000 times more than the previous owner paid for them.

What cameras did the Apollo 11 landings take?

On July 20, 1969, Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong were the first in the history of mankind to set foot on the surface of another celestial body. These steps were captured by a Westinghouse camera, which was made specifically for this mission. It was located on the outer shell of the module. Before Armstrong descended the landing module's ladder to the lunar surface, Aldrin turned it on and provided video communications with the Earth.

Westinghouse Camera Mounted on Landing Module

Another camera on a tripod was used for further shooting of other actions of the Apollo 11 team.

Hiking camera for a walk on the moon

The camera took and transmitted 10 frames per second through the antenna of the lunar module to the receiving equipment of the Parks Observatory in Australia. Initially, the recording was carried out on wide-format tapes, and already in Houston they dubbed 2 ″ Quadruplex Ampex VR-660B onto tape.

The original tapes from the observatory were subsequently lost to Parks. Therefore, to date, Ampex ribbons remain the only original films on which the Apollo 11 landing has been recorded.

For the first time these records were sold for $ 217.77 ($ 980 taking into account today's inflation) in June 1976 to Gary George during a state auction. At that time, George was a student at the university and he was lucky to become an intern at the Space Center. Johnson nasa.

After 43 years, the new buyer offered for three original tapes 1.82 million dollars.

As indicated by the Sotheby’s auction house, the videos remained in their original form – they were not restored or rewired. “They are the earliest, sharp and accurate of the surviving video images of the first steps of a man on the moon,” the report says. Total video recording time is 2 hours and 24 minutes.

You can watch a video of the historic landing below:

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