Digitally remastered footage of Apollo 11 moon landing shown for first time

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After six years of searching and digital restoration, scientists have finally completed remastering footage of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

The restored video was shown for the first time on Wednesday at an Australian Geographic magazine awards ceremony, with Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin as guest of honour.

In 2009, NASA released some extracts of the work to mark the 40th anniversary of the landing, but it has taken the Apollo 11 tape search team six years to complete full digital restoration of the two and a half hour long tape.

It shows the first few minutes of Neil Armstrong's history-making mission far more clearly than the world saw on television at the time.

Scientist John Sarkissian, an astronomer from the Parkes Observatory in New South Wales, said the California station that received the original broadcast from the moon did not have the right settings, resulting in a blurry, barely visible Armstrong.

Leading a research team, Dr Sarkissian has tracked down other surviving original recordings to recreate an enhanced version from the best tapes of the first broadcast....

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