|Restored Image from the NASA Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project (photo: LOIRP)|
"The photos were stored with remarkably high fidelity on the tapes, but at the time had to be copied from projection screens onto paper, sometimes at sizes so large that warehouses and even old churches were rented out to hang them up. The results were pretty grainy, but clear enough to identify landing sites and potential hazards. After the low-fi printing, the tapes were shoved into boxes and forgotten." (from Wired article)Well, some gifted Hackers started the Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery project a while ago to recover these old photographs from tape and to make it available in the best available digital quality (as you can see for yourself in the image above). You can read the whole story in Wired "The Hackers Who Recovered NASA’s Lost Lunar Photos" and you can read more about the Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project at NASA.