Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Out of this World: Tales From the World of Photo Scanning Goes to the Moon

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A customer just shared this LInk with us to demonstrate the importance of digitizing historical pictures. In this case, the photos represent a special once-in-a-lifetime visit by the famed TV news personality, Walter Cronkite. While we did not scan these pictures, it showcases why everyone must protect those otherwise fading memories.

[Photo credits: Bill Wood]

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link for complete information about the CBS News visit to the Goldstone Deep Space Tracking Station before the Apollo 11 Mission.

Background from the website: "Bill Wood took photographs on July 4, 1969, during a visit by Walter Cronkite and his CBS News film crew to the Goldstone area in preparation for the Apollo 11 flight to the Moon. At the time Mr. Wood was assigned to the NASA Manned Space Flight Network Apollo tracking station at Goldstone, California as a Unified S-band Lead Engineer. Since his hobby was photography the NASA Station Director, George Farris, asked him to shoot a few pictures of the CBS crew’s visit. None of the original photographs have been copyrighted and Bill Wood has released all into the public domain. All reproduction rights have been waived."

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex (GDSCC) —commonly called the Goldstone Observatory— is located in California's Mojave Desert (USA). Operated by ITT Corporation for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, its main purpose is to track and communicate with space missions.
It includes the Pioneer Deep Space Station, which is a U.S. National Historic Landmark. The current observatory is part of NASA's Deep Space Network.

The Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex is just one of three in the world; the others being the
Madrid Deep Space Communication Complex and the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex.

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