Re: "..one small step..."
"Someone totted up how much space and weight they would have taken up, and its just over 1 ton."
Which was raw telemetry, lousy with noise and transcribed/converted to various media forms that instrumentation and humans could use, leaving it a ton of crap to find storage space for, likely to never be asked for again.
Since the data was available in every format known at the time.
How horrible of them to not demand the evacuation of a moderate sized city and retain each and every original recording medium, regardless of how wasteful of tax dollars that would be!
How about you build a time machine and volunteer to store all of that crap?