For 50 years, 11,000 hours of audio recorded during the Apollo 11 mission had been sitting dormant.
Ben Feist created a new way to organize, sort, fix and go through audio from space missions. Now, the Regina-born man has landed a job at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Feist started by creating a website called Apollo17.org that recreates the last mission to the moon in real time.
“It’s 302 hours and it contains all of the footage all of the photographs taken and everything spoken on the mission,” he said. “So you can jump in and sort of ride along with the crew.”
“And one day NASA called me and said ‘Cool website,'” he said. “And I went ‘Oh my goodness you’re from NASA.'”
The person on the phone was Noah Petro, Feist said. Petro is the lead scientist on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission that currently has a satellite mapping the moon.
“He said that the work that I had done might be the answer to how future missions can organize their mission data better.”
Feist was asked to come to NASA and present his work. Now he works for the space agency.