A 50 year project comes to fruition! In 1969 I decided to record the Apollo moon landings with the (analogue) technology available to me. My recordings and artefacts from the time are on display at the National Science and Media Museum until January 2020.
The National Science Museum’s (6 minute) captures my teenage enthusiasm in recording the mission and how it lead to a degree in physics.
Link to video
You can check out the actual reel-to-reel audio and digitised 8mm cine here.
Photos from the exhibition:
On Monday 15th of July 2019 I was interviewed on BBC Radio 5 live about the upcoming exhibition at the National Science and Media Museum, Bradford, Yorkshire.
Link to audio
The Apollo 11 mission recorded using a Bell and Howell Standard 8mm movie camera. The images were recorded by filming the screen of a British 405 line television and are mostly the event live. Several 50 feet rolls of film were edited with home made titles to cover the mission from lift off to splash down. Watch on YouTube
The 1201 Alarm project is a personal project of Mark Wrigley and entirely funded by him. If you want to see what else he does check this link: Elektric Works. If you want to help fund him, click this one: Go Fund Me.
The audio recordings made of Apollo 10 and Apollo 11 have now been digitised and you can hear them here: Drop box audio
Mark Wrigley talks to Sally Pepper of BBC Radio Derby about evidence of the moon landings:- Link to audio
Although the glory always goes to the Apollo 11 moon landing, Apollo 10 was a remarkable mission and celebrates its 50th anniversary. The mission was to test out the Lunar Excursion Module (LEM) in lunar orbit. Separating from the Command Module (Charlie Brown), the LEM (Snoopy) would skim the moon just a few miles high. Or as Lunar Module Pilot Gene Cernan put it: “I’m tell you, we are low. We’re close baby!… we is down among ’em, Charlie.”
Back in 1969 I was busy photographing our family’s television screen and recording sound with a reel-to-reel tape recorder. By necessity much of the television coverage was from inside the space craft, so in celebration of the mission I have recreated a 35mm film proof sheet using the same film stock, Ilford HP3 and used the images that I captured from our family t.v. set and I’ve also digitised those recordings and placed the MP3 files in this drop box. You’ll find a high resolution version of the proof sheet there too.
Dropbox link to Apollo 10 audio and proof sheet
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If you’ve enjoyed the 1201 Alarm project, free audio and images, please help us to keep going. There are even more materials to digitise and share for the later Apollo missions and just a small amount helps. 1201 Alarm – Go Fund Me