So when Apollo 11 left the gravity well for the Moon, we didn’t have the amazing communications grid that allows, for example, a bunch of whackjobs who work on a website to get together every two weeks and engage in the equivalent of a Comedy Central roast colliding with Thunderdome. So the live high quality feed that was coming in was hitting Australia, and the only way to broadcast it live to the rest of the world was to literally put a camera in front of the monitor in Australia–and show that. Unfortunately, as we mentioned before, somebody filed it under “Q” (or something) and the original tapes were lost for a long while.
Now the tapes are back and, as we understand it, are just 30% or so through the process of being restored. Final restored footage should hit in September. We expect the footage once completed will be something like this.
Until then, though, here’s a couple of choice bits–the second vid has a comparison between the original footage and the restored footage today.
P.S. Don’t tell Buzz Aldrin that you think he didn’t walk on the Moon, lest he punch you up the conk, mate.