The LOIRP is housed in an old McDonald’s store, now dubbed as the McMoon. The old fastfood restaurant has been taken over by the project team and their equipment. Reels and reels of photographs are stacked next to fryers and stoves in the kitchen. A small room in the store houses computers where most of the team’s work is done.
The task of the image recovery project is to digitize the analog data tapes that were taken by the five spacecraft or lunar orbiters sent to the moon’s surface in 1966 and 1967. At that time the lunar orbiters were sent to the moon to take photos of the moon’s surface in preparation for the Apollo missions.
The importance of the project lies in giving current and future researchers. and anyone else studying the moon, images of the moon in pristine condition, before astronauts ever set foot on it.
See more images of the McMoon in the gallery below.
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