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A team from the University of Texas at Dallas, for many years engaged in the digitization of old tapes of the conversations between mission control and the Apollo 11 astronauts.
The phrase, “One small step…” has been around for a long time entrenched in the American culture and language, with special thanks to Neil Armstrong, speaking with his feet planted on luna firma, 50 years ago. However, the majority of Americans are likely to have heard very little of what the Apollo 11 crew and mission controllers in Houston are actually saying.
While much of the mission was broadcast live on radio and television, in 1969, and only the highlights will be played, most of the time. Dramatized in the film, and it is told in the documentary, the interviews, and the actual play-by-play of the mission had been long forgotten, except, perhaps, by those who are involved in them.
So, when a college professor of speech communication in the wild is that students are a good example of a team effort, the U.S. government sent them to the us, which is notorious for it’s recording everything it’s doing. In the us, it would send it to Dr. John H. L. Hansen (the University of Texas at Dallas and the Johnson Space Center in Houston, texas, as well as a room with a bunch of old tape reels, which are included in the mission statement, the operation of the audio from the Apollo 11.
“This is the first time where one of our students had to listen to the people who are, literally, history in the making… and a lot of people who work behind the scenes,” says Hansen.
An engineer by trade, and a lot of Hansen’s projects is the digital cataloguing of these images. But this time around, the recording was included in the special 30-track tapes to be recorded onto a long-forgotten machine called a SoundScriber. Each and every person to their own job. Hansen and the students had to use the machine to repair it and connect it to a computer in order to speed along what are in the end more than 19,000 hours of audio.
And there were plenty of things to hear, such as the Apollo 11 crew interacting with mission control, as the representative of the so-called a Capsule Communicator, or CAPCOM. This person was the only person to usually talk to with a crew in the area. On the issue of medical sensors, monitoring of astronaut Michael Collins, the breathing was excellent, and the GUILE to battle in order to carry out a long-distance tech support.
“Oh, that blasted wires are connected is all I know!”, calls to Collins, on a crackly radio. Both he and the CAPCOM, back and forth about how to attach and detach the sensors are in the middle of his rib cage, but it’s a bad signal to mission control.
“You look like you’re sending a message of some sort,” said Houston, and beyond frustrating, but seemingly a great Defeat.
“I promise you, I’ll let you know if I stop breathing,” Collins sighs.
In another excerpt, Edwin “Buzz ” Aldrin” then the people back in the us, and that his appearance on the Earth is in such bad shape, he can’t see it from the country.
“Hey, Houston, you are set up, you might be the Earth a little bit, so we’ll be able to have a little bit more than just water?”
“Roger, But Maybe Not. I don’t think that there is a lot more to it than that,” replied the CAPCOM.
A lot of the shots, however, reveal the technical discussions of the document, the progress of the mission, which was to be considered as the human race, or mankind; to the most sophisticated, spectacular, and dangerous undertaking. Hansen’s team was able to not only digitize the recordings, but with the use of algorithms, to deliver the copies of the brands that spoke to and when, in terms of the date and time. The results will be handed over to NASA, and are also included in the ExploreApollo.org site.
But for Hansen, all of it serves as a good example of an elite team to do his work; and, as a practice it is worth exploring.
“They’re all kind of working together. And they were doing their job,” said Hansen. “No one knew who they were or what they were doing, but in fact, they have made sure that things were going to be successful.”