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Three original NASA moon-walk videos auctioned off for $1.8M

Three original NASA moon-walk videos auctioned off for $1.8M

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July 21 (UPI) -- The original NASA videotapes of the Apollo 11 moon walk were auctioned off for $ 1.82 million on the 50th anniversary of the feat. NASA intern Gary George paid $ 217.77 for those three tapes and other NASA footage at a government surplus auction in 1976, Sotheby's house said in a news release. Sotheby's Space Exploration auction was conducted at its sale room in New York. The buyer, who paid $ 1,820,000 plus commission for first-generation NASA videotapes wasn't identified. "Fifty years ago today, we achieved the world's greatest human accomplishment, and what we universally recall about that event is best documented on these tapes," said Cassandra Hatton, vice president and senior specialist in Sotheby's Books & Manuscripts Department, said in the news release. "We ...
NASA scientists name Martian crater after Apollo 16 moonwalk mission

NASA scientists name Martian crater after Apollo 16 moonwalk mission

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June 16 (UPI) -- Earlier this spring, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover, also known as the Opportunity rover, discovered a small Martian crater. The discovery was made on the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 16 mission, NASA's 10th moon landing.This week, NASA scientists announced the name of that newly discovered crater. They call it "Orion Crater" -- an homage to the lunar module that carried astronauts John Young and Charles Duke to the moon and back.The rover's Panoramic Camera snapped photos of Orion Crater on April 26. The depression measures 90 feet across. It's a relatively young crater, no older than 10 million years old."It turns out that Orion Crater is almost exactly the same size as Plum Crater on the moon, which John Young and Charles Duke explored on their first of three moonwalks...