Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Lost: NASA tapes from the first moon landing

Nothing to do with digitization, but a reminder that data is easily misplaced/lost. And what has been lost?

The tapes with the video of the first moon walk and other data have been lost. NASA has been searching for a year for them and can't find them. Thankfully, NASA says "we've got all the data. Everything on the tapes we have in one form or another." (If they can't find the original tapes, how do they know that's true?) Although the tapes would have degraded, NASA hopes to find them and use modern technology to pull the original content off the tapes, if they are found.

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