Instead, there are reels and reels of original footage from the five lunar orbiters NASA launched in 1960. It's all part of the Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project, an effort by Dennis Wingo and colleagues to digitize the old tapes.
"We even had someone come in one time, and we said, this is not a McDonald's anymore. And they said, well, can we at least get a coke?" Wingo, co-founder of the project, says in the video below made by YouTube host Veritaserum. "And I said, well, I can get one out of the fridge." And a coke was served.
A McDonald's may be a banal setting for such profound work, but how charming too. Who needs grandeur, when you have something so grand?