Film May Unlock Mystery Of Missing Apollo Videos | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date






Airborne On ANN

Airborne 11.30.15

Airborne 11.24.15

Airborne 11.25.15

Airborne 11.19.15

Airborne 11.20.15

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 11.30.15

Airborne 11.24.15

Airborne 11.25.15

Airborne 11.19.15

Airborne 11.20.15

EAA/ANN AirVenture Innovation Preview

AIP-#1 Vimeo

AIP-#2 Vimeo

AIP-Part 1 YouTube

AIP-Part 2 YouTube

Mon, Aug 21, 2006

Film May Unlock Mystery Of Missing Apollo Videos

Footage Was To Be Used On Pink Floyd Special

Could a never-completed Pink Floyd video hold the answer to the missing moon tape mystery currently plaguing NASA?

As Aero-News reported last week, NASA workers and their affiliates around the world have been quietly looking for hi-resolution films from the Apollo moon landings more than 30 years ago. To date, what we've seen on television were pictures taken by cameras shooting a video monitor... if you will, pictures of grainy pictures. But the original hi-res videos are still out there... somewhere... lost in the maze of government storage facilities.

What's more, time is running out. Those magnetic tapes degrade over time and the playback equipment used to display their images is about to be mothballed. So NASA has launched a formal investigation... and perhaps a key in that probe rests with Australian music video producer Peter Clifton.

Here's where the story gets even stranger than it has been so far. Back in 1979, Clifton was working on a Pink Floyd video... to go along with the smash-album "Dark Side of the Moon." He wanted some footage of Neil Armstrong's first step on the moon... so he sent away $180 and got back a half-hour reel of 16-millimeter film from the Smithsonian.

"I had this idea that I could take segments out of Dark Side of the Moon and make them into a TV special," said Mr Clifton to Australia's The Age. "On a visit to Washington, I went to Smithsonian and asked if they had any shots of rocket ships travelling. He said, 'well, we can give you highlights of the moon shot.'

Clifton never finished the Pink Floyd video... and the film sat in his vault for years.

"I didn't think another thing about it until a few nights ago when I was watching television and it came on the news," said Clifton. "And I thought 'I have got that stuff'."

It turns out Clifton has a copy of only a small fraction of the missing footage... but the fact that he got it from the Smithsonian has put investigators on the trail.

Clifton is again going through his vault to find the original canister in which the film arrived... hoping information under the NASA logo will help investigators track down up to 700 missing tapes... before it's too late.



More News

Airborne 11.30.15: Rutan SkiGull, Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, NASA-Virgin Galactic

Also: Tecnam P2012, Great Lakes Biplane, USAF X-56A, New IFR Training System, 'Lost In Space' Returns, Laser Strikes, ADS-B Seminar ANN Airborne Link: /index.cfm?do=video.playVideo>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.01.15)

Legal Ramifications Of The FAA's UAV Registration Program An analysis of the FAA's UAV Registration Task Force compiled by Jonathan Rupprecht of Rupprecht Law, P.A. Rupprecht write>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.01.15): Glideslope Intercept Altitude

The published minimum altitude to intercept the glideslope in the intermediate segment of an instrument approach.>[...]

Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.01.15)

“Economic and political events over the last year have impacted some of the fundamentals for growth. As a result, we expect some 400 million fewer people to be traveling in 2>[...]

ANN FAQ: What Does The API Mean To You

Engaging The Aviation World's Pivotal Organizations, Interests And Viewpoints The Airborne Partnership Initiative, we call it the API, is a plan developed by ANN CEO and Editor-In->[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus





© 2007 - 2015 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC