Live TV From the Moon
by Dwight Steven-Boniecki.
The idea for a book about the television systems developed and used on Apollo came about simply because I wanted to know how the cameras were able to send color images from the lunar surface.
Although the information was available, it was not in an adequately cohesive form. What started out as a small essay became the book you can now order.
I interviewed astronauts, engineers and tracking station personel in an effort to adequately present the story. The background to how a revolutionary group of TV cameras were responsible in arguably the most important telecasts in television (or human) history is fascinating to say the least.
With today's hindsight it seems incomprehensible that debate had ensued as to whether or not to carry TV cameras to the moon at all! Had it not been for the forsight of several key people within NASA, we may never had any live television of humanity's first exploration of the moon.
Many, many people designed and built the TV systems used on the lunar surface. This book is their story. The bonus DVD includes: The Making of Documentary, The NASA 2009 Webcast - Looking For The Tapes, 3 Slide Shows, and Audio Interviews with NASA TV Engineers.
Photo by Alexandra Claxton