It is an unfortunate fact that things don’t always seem as important, at the time, as they later become. So it was with the missing Apollo 11 landing footage tapes, which, were they not lost, contain a far superior recording of the iconic first step for man and giant leap for mankind. These recordings, “a highly specialized format that appeared to have limited value in the pre-digital age”, were stored and forgotten in the 1970s, possibly never to be seen again.
In an uncertain time for future NASA funding, crisp Aldrin and Armstrong images would be perfect to help excite the present generations about returning to the Moon, as well as space exploration in general. The commercial opportunities are not to be ignored either; nothing adds the proper punch of inspiration quite as well as a bit of spaceflight footage. No matter the age, mankind is inclined to look up.