The U.S. should face international investigation surrounding the loss of original film footage showing the moon landings between 1969 and 1972, a Russian spokesman said. The international probe shall also look into the scenarios that resulted to a chunk of the lunar rock obtained from these moon missions, that went missing.
The mystery of the U.S. moon landings between 1969 and 1972
“We are not contending that they did not fly [to the moon], and simply made a film about it. But all of these scientific — or perhaps cultural — artifacts are part of the legacy of humanity, and their disappearance without a trace is our common loss. An investigation will reveal what happened,” Vladimir Markin, Russia’s spokesman for its government’s Investigative Committee, wrote in Izvestia newspaper as translated by The Moscow Times.
Markin was furious about how the U.S. launched an international probe against FIFA officials, leading to debates whether Russia shall retain its role as host of the 2018 World Cup. He said that the “U.S. prosecutors having declared themselves the supreme arbiters of international football affairs” shall also face investigation of its dark past surrounding man’s first landing on moon.
Original film footage lost
NASA admitted in 2009 that the original footage of the historical landing of man on the moon was lost and that what it can also show the public is the remastered version of the lost footage.
In July 2009, NASA released a restored video of the live television broadcast of the Apollo 11 moonwalk. The video, a montage of all footage from different networks, was released in celebration of the fortieth anniversary of the moon landing.
“A team of Apollo-era engineers, who helped produce the 1969 live broadcast of the moonwalk, acquired the best of the broadcast-format video from a variety of sources for the restoration effort,” NASA announced on July of 2012.
The montage features footage from NASA’s Sydney, Australia video switching center, original broadcast tapes from the CBS News Archive and “kinescopes’ found in film archives at Johnson that had not been viewed for 36 years. NASA had also contracted Lowry Digital of Burbank California, a company that specializes in remastering Hollywood films and videos, in order to compiled videos from different sources into one single film.
The finish product was a montage of 15 restored scenes “representing the most significant moments of the three and half hours that Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin roamed the lunar surface,” NASA said.
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