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VIDEO: Senator LeMieux “NASA Obligated to Continue Constellation”

VIDEO: Senator George LeMieux (R-FL) spoke on the Senate floor about his amendment to the FAA Reauthorization Bill to hold NASA accountable in fulfilling their legal obligation to continue the Constellation program. LeMieux pointed out that by stopping the progress of the program, the U.S. could lose its post as the world leader in space exploration.

“The problem is that NASA is ignoring the will of Congress in already beginning to cancel the constellation program. It is not their right to unilaterally overrule Congress. NASA is obligated to follow the law” LeMieux said. “The ultimate determination on the future of the space program rests with Congress, not the Administration’s budget proposal.”

MSNBC VIDEO – Bill Nelson: Obama Wants to go to Mars

MSNBC VIDEO: Former astronaut, and current U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, tells msnbc that while President Obama seeks an end the space shuttle program, he may direct NASA to aim for missions to Mars.

VIDEO: The 2008 Space Debate w/ Walter Cunningham & Lori Garver

Apollo 7 Astronaut Walter Cunningham representing Senator McCain, and former NASA Associate Administrator Lori Garver, representing Senator Obama squared off in a Presidential Space Policy Debate back in August of 2008 at The University of Colorado.

This debate is worth a re-watch as the entire NASA human space flight program is now under review by the Obama Administration.

Obama’s 2010 budget shows a massive decrease in the  total amount of funding available through 2020 for human space exploration. Funding for exploration (2010-2020) nose dived from $108 billion to only $81.5 billion.

VIDEO: ‘MythBusters’ Talk Moon Landing

Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, from the popular TV show “MythBusters,” discuss Apollo moon landing conspiracies on CNN.

VIDEO: Highlights from Endeavour STS-127 Flight Day 1

Video highlights from Endeavour STS-127 Flight Day 1

NASA Releases Restored Apollo 11 Moonwalk Video


NASA released Thursday newly restored video from the July 20, 1969, live television broadcast of the Apollo 11 moonwalk. The release commemorates the 40th anniversary of the first mission to land astronauts on the moon.

The initial video release, part of a larger Apollo 11 moonwalk restoration project, features 15 key moments from the historic lunar excursion of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

A team of Apollo-era engineers who helped produce the 1969 live broadcast of the moonwalk acquired the best of the broadcast-format video from a variety of sources for the restoration effort. These included a copy of a tape recorded at NASA’s Sydney, Australia, video switching center, where down-linked television from Parkes and Honeysuckle Creek was received for transmission to the U.S.; original broadcast tapes from the CBS News Archive recorded via direct microwave and landline feeds from NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston; and kinescopes found in film vaults at Johnson that had not been viewed for 36 years.

“The restoration is ongoing and may produce even better video,” said Richard Nafzger, an engineer at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., who oversaw television processing at the ground tracking sites during Apollo 11. “The restoration project is scheduled to be completed in September and will provide the public, future historians, and the National Archives with the highest quality video of this historic event.”

NASA contracted with Lowry Digital of Burbank, Calif., which specializes in restoring aging Hollywood films and video, to take the highest quality video available from these recordings, select the best for digitization, and significantly enhance the video using the company’s proprietary software technology and other restoration techniques.

Under the initial effort, Lowry restored 15 scenes representing the most significant moments of the three and a half hours that Armstrong and Aldrin spent on the lunar surface. NASA released the video Thursday at a news conference at the Newseum in Washington.

On July 20, 1969, as Armstrong made the short step off the ladder of the Lunar Excursion Module onto the powdery lunar surface, a global community of hundreds of millions of people witnessed one of humankind’s most remarkable achievements live on television.

The black and white images of Armstrong and Aldrin bounding around the moon were provided by a single small video camera aboard the lunar module. The camera used a non-standard scan format that commercial television could not broadcast.

NASA used a scan converter to optically and electronically adapt these images to a standard U.S. broadcast TV signal. The tracking stations converted the signals and transmitted them using microwave links, Intelsat communications satellites, and AT&T analog landlines to Mission Control in Houston. By the time the images appeared on international television, they were substantially degraded.

At tracking stations in Australia and the United States, engineers recorded data beamed to Earth from the lunar module onto one-inch telemetry tapes. The tapes were recorded as a backup if the live transmission failed or if the Apollo Project needed the data later. Each tape contained 14 tracks of data, including bio-medical, voice, and other information; one channel was reserved for video.

A three-year search for these original telemetry tapes was unsuccessful. A final report on the investigation is expected to be completed in the near future and will be publicly released at that time.

Watch the Restored Apollo 11 Moonwalk in HD

VIDEO: Thanksgiving With the Kranzes

“We landed a man on the moon, we’ve gotta be able to figure out how to save a turkey. Take-Out is not an Option!”

Thanksgiving With the Kranzes: A parody of Ron Howard’s Apollo 13 that wonders what Thanksgiving might be like at Gene Kranz’s (Ed Harris from Apollo 13) house, especially when things go terribly, but familiarly wrong.

VIDEO: Apollo 15 Deploying the Lunar Rover

Apollo 15 crew (Scott and Irwin) deploying the Lunar Rover on the Moon  July, 1971.

Note: Video has no sound and was sped up for time.

HD STS-125 Launch: The Final Mission to Hubble

After a smooth countdown and picture-perfect liftoff, space shuttle Atlantis and a crew of seven astronauts are in space, ready to begin their 11-day mission to service NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. Atlantis lifted off Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 2:01 p.m. EDT.

VIDEO: STS-125 Rotating Service Structure Rollback sped up

STS-125 RSS (rotating service structure) Rollback sped up.


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