Wednesday 21 August 2019

Ex-Nasa intern 'to make a million' from video of first moon landing

         

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin walks on the moon in July, 1969. Photo: Reuters
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin walks on the moon in July, 1969. Photo: Reuters

Dean Grey

A one-time Nasa intern who bought a truckload of videotapes to resell them may end up a millionaire next month when Sotheby's auctions what it says is the only surviving original recording of man's first steps on the moon 50 years ago.

In the years after the July 20, 1969, moon landing during the Apollo 11 mission, Nasa was recording over its tapes or selling them to cut costs, said Gary George, of Las Vegas, who was a college student when he bought more than 1,100 reels of Nasa videotape for about $218 (€191) at a government surplus auction in 1976.

Three of the tapes turned out to be invaluable. One of them captures the images of the first steps on the moon by astronaut Neil Armstrong, along with his famous words: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

Irish Independent

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