Forty one years ago on 18 July my family left London, England, my birthplace and birthplace of all my ancestors (as far as I know) to emigrate to New Zealand. It was a big journey for us, and of course, a life-changing experience. We travelled half way around the globe on a cargo ship named the Port Townsville and the voyage took us about 6 weeks, thanks in part to engine trouble. We travelled through the Suez canal and eventually reached Auckland, where we packed ourselves and luggage into a tiny little Austin A50 car for a long drive down the country to Wellington and an overnight ferry to Lyttelton for our ultimate destination of Christchurch.
Six years later, on 20 July 1969, when I was 14 and attending Christchurch Girls’ High School three voyagers packed themselves into the Apollo 11 spacecraft and undertook an amazing journey to the Moon. They changed the world utterly, as for the first time human beings set foot on another world beyond this Earth. I recall that the school used its announcement system to broadcast the live commentary so we could all hear what was happening on that historic landing. Later I watched the TV news broadcast with its grainy, blurry photos, avidly read the newspapers and even ordered a set of slides of the photos to come from the moon’s surface. I still have them in a drawer somewhere.
Now, some 35 years after the event, the Johnson Space Center has digitally scanned the original Apollo film and presented us with an exciting new Apollo Image Gallery full of crisp, clear photos. In honour of the event I’ve installed some as my desktops pictures for a few weeks.
[The Archive] includes that mission’s film magazine “S” in its entirety, representing all photographs taken during the historic first moonwalk on July 20, 1969. Images identified with the prefix AS11-40 are now seen for the first time in their clearest and most accurate presentation to date.
The process involved removing each original film roll from a double-freezer, allowing it to thaw, then digitally scanning each frame using an Oxberry adapted HR-500 long roll film scanner. The Apollo magazine “S” raw digital scans were supplied on DVD-R to the Apollo Lunar Surface Journal and Project Apollo Archive, for which Kipp Teague processed the images for web presentation.
[Via: Lockergnome’s Bits and Bytes.]