We’ve all seen plenty of photos from the Apollo missions, including some iconic space photos. But never before has the Apollo archive downloaded so many high-resolution images at the same time. More than 8,400 high-resolution images taken by lunar astronauts during NASA missions in the 1960s have been posted. The collection includes all photographs of the lunar surface taken by astronauts with their Hasselblad chest cameras, along with numerous Earth and Lunar orbit shots. All photos are raw original versions.
While the Flickr album only appeared a few days ago, the photo digitization process began over fifteen years ago. Around 2004, Johnson Space Center began rescanning the original film from the Apollo cameras, saving high-resolution, uncompressed photos on DVD. Managed the Apollo Archive project Kipp Teague. These images were processed for posting on NASA websites — color and brightness levels were optimized, and the size was reduced to 1000 dpi for high-resolution versions.
Unlike many images from the Apollo missions that have been released to the public to date, the recent Flickr selection doesn’t just include the very best photos. The pictures were not processed in Photoshop and did not change. Many of them are blurry and vague, but that’s the beauty of it. “Viewing the entire collection evokes the feeling of looking through an old family photo album,” the Planetary Society wrote. Here are a few photographs, selected by me according to personal sympathies.