Fearless Steps: UT Dallas engineers make history by preserving lunar landing audio
Engineers at The University of Texas at Dallas made a giant technological leap when they set out to process audio from various moon landing missions.
The Fearless Steps project, an undertaking of the Center for Robust Speech Systems at UT Dallas, is behind the 2018 release of more than 19,000 hours of lunar landing audio, most of which had never before been available to the public.
Over seven years, CRSS founder John Hansen and a team of engineering students digitized and analyzed tapes from lunar missions Apollo 1, 11, 13 and Gemini 8. New technology and software were invented along the way so that the audio could be studied and eventually published online.
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