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NASA Accidentally Sold Moon Landing Footage for $218, Now It's Worth Millions

NASA Accidentally Sold Moon Landing Footage for $218, Now It's Worth Millions
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By    |   Wednesday, 03 July 2019 01:14 PM

Nearly 50 years ago NASA accidentally sold original footage of the Apollo 11 mission, where man first walked on the moon, to an intern for a measly $218. Now the tapes are worth millions and are about to be sold at auction by the lucky intern, CNN reported.

The tapes are on VHS and contain the sharpest images ever recorded of the 1969 lunar landing.

For years Gary George, the former intern, had no idea that he was sitting on a goldmine. He came across the recordings in 1973 at a government surplus auction while working as an intern for the NASA Johnson Space Center, Sotheby's noted.

George bought 65 boxes of videotapes at an auction for $217.77. It’s proving to be the score of a lifetime. The footage includes Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon as well as the historic planting of the American flag. The intern planned to resell the videotapes, which could be re-recorded, to a local TV station for a profit. He sold many of them, but held onto three that were labeled Apollo 11, thanks to his father’s suggestion.

It was only 30 years later when NASA announced it was trying to recover the footage to mark the landing's 40th anniversary that George suspected that he may have had rare footage and viewed the tapes for the first time with the help of a video archivist.

Sotheby’s will be conducting the auction on July 20, the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing, and describes the tapes as “the best surviving NASA videotape recordings of the historic Apollo 11 Moon Landing.

Viewed only three times since June 1976, the three reels of 2-inch quadruplex videotape transport viewers to the big screen monitor at Mission Control, with images clearer and with better contrast than those that the more than half-billion-person television audience witnessed that momentous July day on their home sets.”

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Nearly 50 years ago NASA accidentally sold original footage of the Apollo 11 mission, where man first walked on the moon, to an intern for a measly $218. Now the tapes are worth millions and are about to be sold at auction.
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