Online videos, photos let you 'relive' final Apollo mission
Scott Lightfoot and Kendra Mangione, CTV Toronto
Published Thursday, January 14, 2016 7:37PM EST
Hundreds of hours of audio, video and photos from NASA's final Apollo mission have been archived online by a Toronto resident.
Ben Feist was just a baby when NASA launched its final mission to the moon. Apollo 17 was the final mission in the Apollo program, and launched shortly after midnight on Dec. 7, 1972.
The 12-day mission included three days on the moon, where astronauts took samples and completed geological surveying before coming home.
More than four years ago, Feist and an online forum discussed creating an archive of the historic mission.
"I always noticed that a lot of the detail for Apollo 17 wasn't there... It was incomplete," Feist told CTV Toronto's Scott Lightfoot.
"Next thing I knew I was so far in I couldn't just walk away."
Feist spent years working on a site, and recently launched Apollo17.org.
He combined more than 300 hours of audio, 22 hours of video and more than 4,000 photos, to create a minute-by-minute archive of the mission. He also published a blog explaining the process.
"You can read what they're saying while you're watching them walk on the moon and as they snap a picture, as you see them do, the picture shows up on the screen," he said.
The information was all archived by NASA, but has never been publicly available like this.
Feist said he's received positive feedback from everyone from casual space fans to the astronauts in the videos.
"I heard kind of second hand that both of the astronauts who walked on the moon had seen it and thought it was pretty neat," he said.
A screen grab shows video, transcripts and a photo from part of the Apollo 17 mission. (Apollo17.org)