Hackers Recover NASA’s Lost Lunar Photos. Look Better Than The Originals

Back in 1966, the US was on a hunt for landing on the moon. As part of NASA’s location scouting for a landing site, they sent five Lunar Orbiters satellites to photograph the moon. After sending those photos to earth, the Orbiters were crushed into the moon, clearing oath for Apollo, with the original film lost forever, and only a poorly rendered images remaining back here on earth.

Earthrise over the Moon as seen by Lunar Orbiter 1 on August 24, 1966

Earthrise over the Moon as seen by Lunar Orbiter 1 on August 24, 1966

The Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project (LOIRP), is a team of self-appointed hackers whose mission is to regenerate those photographs. Wired‘s  Doug Bierend wonderful shared their story with the world. [Read more...]

The Hassy Used On Moon Landing Was Just Sold For $758,489

If you ever wondered how much some of your used gear can be sold for, looking at this auction may be a good buzz (though totally relevant). The Hasselblad 500 that was used to shoot the landing on the moon was recently auctioned for about 3/4 of million dollars. $758,489 to be exact.

The Hassy Used On Moon Landing Was Just Sold For $758,489

Galerie Westlicht which held the auction, described the gear as “part of the equipment carried by the 1971 Apollo 15 mission, the fourth manned mission to land on the moon”.

Bidding started at about $100,000 and the lucky new owner of the camera is now Japanese businessman Terukazu Fujisawa, founder of Japanese retail chain Yodobashi Camera. [Read more...]