Charles Apple – OK, Neil Armstrong is dead. Clearly, thatâ€™s a page-one story for most of you.
Hereâ€™s one thing I do not want to see on page one tomorrow: Arguably the most famous picture taken in the history of mankind.
This is the only picture we know about in which you can see Neil Armstrongâ€™s face while heâ€™s on the moon.
One reason I donâ€™t want to see it: Thatâ€™s not Neil. Thatâ€™s Buzz Aldrin.
The second reason I donâ€™t want to see it: Because NASA manipulated that photo before it was released to the public, back in 1969.
Evidently, Neil shoots pictures the same way my wife does: He cuts off peopleâ€™s heads. Hereâ€™s the actual, unedited frame of that picture, which NASA calls AS11-40-5903 …
NASA retouchers added black sky to the top of the picture. That might not seem like a big deal to you â€” especially when youâ€™re on deadline tonight â€” but, believe me, it is. Many newspapers have ethical guidelines in place that specifically warn against using handout pictures that were manipulated by the source.
In fact, now that you know this picture was manipulated by the source, Iâ€™d urge you to have it removed from your photo archives. Permanently. … Armstrong and Aldrin only walked on the moon for about two-and-a-half hours that night in 1969. Most of the time, Armstrong carried the primary camera. Aldrin carried a camera but was assigned to shoot specific, technical things.
The result: Lots of pictures of Aldrin. But hardly any of Neil.
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