Gary George was an initiator at NASA's Johnson Space Center when he bought 1,150 magnetic tape reels that belonged to a government-owned government remnant auction in 1976.
The purchase of $ 217.77 was definitely paid off. With the three types being the "earliest, sharpest and most accurate surviving video images of man's first steps on the moon," according to Sotheby's, which sells these over the weekend for $ 1.82 million.
Images of the Apollo 11 landing were transmitted to Australia's Park Observatory, where it was recorded on video tape and retransmitted to Mission Control in Houston, Per Tech. The Australian types were recorded over, but the Houston types survived, only to be sold on auction in 1976.
Nil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin's first steps on the moon and the planting of the American flag can be witnessed in television broadcasts. These "have done some loss of video and audio quality with every successive transmission of a microwave tower to a microwave tower," Sotheby's notes.
Therefore, the types of George – which surround 2 hours and 24 minutes of raw fur – "are sharper and more distinctive." Here.)
Space.com reports three online and telephone bidders competing over nearly five minutes. It is unclear who actually types these types.
According to CNN, George realized the significance of what he had in 2008 when he learned that NASA was trying to get her hands on them on the 40th anniversary of the Moon landing. The types are sold for almost four times the expected price. (Four things left in the limb and aldrin on the moon.)
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