Shown above is the original output from the Lunar Orbiter space probe in 1966. Below is the restored version courtesy of the Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project. Tapes holding data from the original space probe transmissions were acquired by the LOIRP and they were able to retrieve the images and improve the resolution using today's technology.
Image courtesy of NASA
The vacated premises located by the NASA Aames Research Park was perfect for the Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project. With proper HVAC systems and a sink already installed, the LOIRP just needed to make some wiring upgrades before getting down to business. The team's workspace soon became known as McMoons and as you can see, it retained much of its original fast-food decor.
An Ampex FR-900 instrumentation tape drive (one of two) that played a pivotal role in helping the Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project (LOIRP) restore the image data that was originally transmitted to Earth by the Lunar Orbiter space probes.Image courtesy of Misternuvistor via Wikimedia Commons.
There aren't any french fries here, just 48,000 lbs of 70mm magnetic tape that hold original image transmissions from the Lunar Orbiter probes. The technology that was used to read this data in the '60s and '70s is on the verge of disappearing. It took a dedicated team of scientists and a few old-school pros in the field to get the machinery back in working order, so they could begin restoring the images to a previously unseen clarity.