The late John Lowry was a video pioneer, creating image processing techniques that would leave an everlasting mark on cinema and television. In 1972, John Lowry’s small start-up company, Image Transform, would make a big claim about what it could do to Apollo television transmissions – a claim they would back up.
At the time, Jim McDivitt was manager of the Apollo Spacecraft Program, and was instrumental in making the decision on allowing Image Transform to process the television, in real time, on Apollo 16 and 17.
I can’t think of Jim McDivitt anymore without thinking of this story, so I’m presenting it on his birthday. Here it is, from our Live From the Moon interview – how Jim McDivitt and John Lowry got together to make Apollo 16 and 17 television so much better.
John Lowry’s image Transform processed the television live from Apollo 16 and 17. The signal went through the Image Transform offices in California before being sent on to Houston and the world. The processing vastly reduced the noise and improved the signal, bringing the best of all the television from the Moon to the final two missions.