To honor the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, NASA has just released these brand new restored videos of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin's historic first steps on the moon. The space agency is working with Lowry Digital in Burbank to restore tapes from the July 20, 1969 moonwalk &mdash the project in its entirety will be completed in the fall, but they're offering a sneak peek at some of the iconic moments, like Neil Armstrong (above) and Buzz Aldrin (below) taking their first steps on the moon, starting right now. These clips show side-by-side comparisons of the footage stored in the NASA archives vs. the never-seen-before newly restored footage.
Stay tuned for more reporting about the "lost" Apollo 11 tapes and an interview with Buzz Aldrin on Monday.
Below, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin raising the American flag on the moon's surface:
Footage courtesy of NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center