Memorex tape reel


Old prints of moon images
Dennis Wing and team, the Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project
Pirate flag with clouds reflecting
Moffett Field with decommissioned McDonald's

Outline of McDonald's sign at Moffett Field
Portrait of Greg Schmidt and Dennis Wingo

A pirate flag greets us in the window of a decommissioned McDonald’s at Moffett Field, a former naval air station in Mountain View, CA. It’s filled with stacks of reels of 2” magnetic tape, images recorded of the moon that were captured by orbiters scanning its surface to identify landing sites for the manned Apollo missions in the 1960's.
Dennis Wingo and his team run the Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project, who's tasked with digitizing the old tapes using modern technology, extracting details at a resolution that was not possible until now. There’s something quite beautiful about these images being brought back to life. Details about the project here. Photographed for Wired Germany.

Hardware racks to digitize moon images

Space travel memorabilia and articles
Portrait of Dennis Wingo at Mc Moon's

McMoon's front counter
Open view of Ampex reel to reel recorder

Shipping container of old tape reels
Old prints of moon images

Stacks of video tapes at former McDonald's
Microfiche moon images

Contact prints of moon images
Image of moon landscape in Photoshop

Keyboards on Mc Donald's storage shelf
Decommisioned McDonald's building

South Beach Florida intersection after summer storm at night

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