Houston, We Erased The Apollo 11 Tapes


An exhaustive, three-year search for some tapes that contained the original footage of the Apollo 11 moonwalk has concluded that they were probably destroyed during a period when NASA was erasing old magnetic tapes and reusing them to record satellite data.

There is the saying, "If we can go to the moon we should be able to......" that ends with what you want to be able to do but cannot, can now be modified for libraries:

"If we can lose the moon landing tapes we can lose anything."

Story at NPR about the loss of the moon landing tapes and a mention of how a second copy offered some hope but in the end did not pan out.


Oh lordy, I know it's not my library buddy at NASA's fault, but I have to rib him a little. First the thing with the Viking probe's digitized data, now this.

Then again, how many books do the people I work with lose and how many get on NPR?

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