It has been far too long since my last update on this enormous project. I’ve been toiling away for the past year and am now only a few months away from the end of the current project phase (reconstructing timecode and correcting the transcript).
Last year I made quite a bit of headway in the colder months. The summer was a 3 or 4 month break (it’s nice and warm outside and I’m involved in other things).
At this point, I have reconstructed the timeline for the entire mission, and corrected the transcripts up to 251:23:05 Ground Elapsed Time (not yet corrected MET for time change). At this point in the mission it is Day 11, and the crew has completed the Transearth Injection Burn and is coasting home. I’ve been making consistent progress, and you can take a look at the formed results as it is committed to Github here.
The process has been slowly revealing timing and media issues in the Premiere project that I have been correcting as I go, leaving a trail of definitive transcript data and correct real-time media layout. There are a few hours of mission time that are exceptions where audio/video media is missing from the Internet Archive, but I hope to fill this gaps once the media becomes available.
I have made some test renderings of the video output from Premiere. I’m thinking of using this running timestamp as a way to navigate the material. Here’s one of the first 8 hours of the mission. I’m currently noodling different navigation options of how to represent the different media types that occur at different times.
I’ve purchased the apollo17.org domain name. As I near the end of this phase of the project, I’ll be housing experiments there before generating the Apollo Flight Journal version of the material. My goal, although distant, is to build an experience at apollo17.org that will enable the public to experience all of the Apollo 17 material easily and in great depth.
I’ll keep pushing throughout this winter, and will try to make my updates more regular. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions if you’re interested in this project. I find it encouraging.