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NASA's Apollo Archive: 10 Fascinating Images

NASA enthusiasts now have access to more than 8,000 photos from the space agency's Apollo mission. InformationWeek has selected 10 of our favorites.
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While the Apollo missions to the Moon have produced some of the most iconic photos of the 20th century, Neil Armstrong's endlessly quoted proclamation upon setting foot on the surface, and an annoying cadre of conspiracy theorists, there's still a lot more to discover about our missions to the Moon.

Thanks to the Apollo Archive, first created in 1999 by Kipp Teague as a companion website to his "Contact Light" personal retrospective on Project Apollo, space enthusiasts now have access to more than 8,400 new photos of Apollo missions.

As of Oct. 2, this new repository of Apollo photographs is available to the public through Flickr.

"Around 2004, Johnson Space Center began re-scanning the original Apollo Hasselblad camera film magazines, and Eric Jones and I began obtaining TIFF (uncompressed, high-resolution) versions of these new scans on DVD," Teague told The Planetary Society. "These images were processed for inclusion on our websites, including adjusting color and brightness levels, and reducing the images in size to about 1000 dpi (dots per inch) for the high-resolution versions."

[Here's a look at NASA's latest mission: New Horizons.]

Project Apollo, was the third US human spaceflight program carried out by NASA, and accomplished landing the first humans on the Moon between 1969 and 1972. The final Apollo 17 mission in December 1972 marked the sixth Moon landing and the ninth manned mission beyond low Earth orbit.

While thousands of Apollo photos are available on Flickr, InformationWeek has taken a selection of our favorites and collected them for your viewing pleasure here.

(All images courtesy of NASA)

Nathan Eddy is a freelance writer for InformationWeek. He has written for Popular Mechanics, Sales & Marketing Management Magazine, FierceMarkets, and CRN, among others. In 2012 he made his first documentary film, The Absent Column. He currently lives in Berlin. View Full Bio

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gnxman
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10/16/2015 | 5:13:01 PM
Re: The truth is out there
Huh? What findings do you propose they are hiding? Just what I thought... you have no clue you are just throwing it out there with nothing to back it up.
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10/16/2015 | 2:04:45 PM
Don't cha know?
Don't cha know we went there to meet aliens to ask for new tech but they said beep beep beep which translates into your a bunch of losers, get back in your tinfoil spaceship an go home!

 

Seriously I grew up in this era and it was amazing. My parents had me in front of the tv for the first lunar landing and would take me out of school to see the launches until they started televising thing in the schools. So exciting and what have we done since then. Putzed around in orbit. We should have had a moon base by now and  built a rocket there to go to mars. But we lost the national will. All americans want is their next handout and they voted in somebody to give it to them. Sad sniff. I am 51 one I had always thought I would get a chance to fly into space. That it would be common place. 
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jagibbons,
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10/16/2015 | 11:50:59 AM
Re: scrach
The Apollo missions ended shortly before I was born, and I feel like I missed out on a really exciting tim ein the history of technological transformation. Hard to image that we went from the first powered flight to landing the moon using the equivalent of a controlled atomic explosion to get there in just 66 years.
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10/15/2015 | 12:07:25 PM
Re: The truth is out there

Susan, that sounds really good, all noble and fuzzy and is a nice mantra when you want to protest the human condition but it is in fact, almost totally inaccurate and completely disregards most of history and reality. 

 

You are correct, human beings can be fairly dangerous but really much of the natural world is a virtual death trap and a far greater nightmare even on a good day. 

 

For instance, I have found that gravity alone does an nice job of killing off vast numbers of people including....thankfully, only almost...so far that is....me...on several noteable occasions. 

 

Or better yet, try grabbing certain types of snakes by the wrong end and have your next of kin tell me what happened. 

 

Just saying.

 

 

 

 

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10/15/2015 | 11:44:48 AM
Re: She says conspiracy, he says obvious fact!
For starters, there are no stars in the photo because that is how film style cameras worked in 1969...and still do for that matter.  The moon is bright in the photo so the aperture in the lens was closed down so the moon's detail could be seen instead of just a white blob. If the moon had been masked out, you would have seen stars assuming the exposure was open long enough and the lens opened wide enough to allow the diminished light to collect on the film. 

Look, believe what you want but I lived thought that time and remember it well. Man landed on the moon in 1969. There was no conspiracy.  There was no fake landing.  There were no aliens or Planet X or anything beyond stupid like that.  It really did happened and is historical fact. The only crime with all of it is that we have not been back to the moon since 1972. And on that, I blame the fools who took a great opportunity and capability and threw it away to spend money instead on horrific social programs (unconstitutionally) that created four generations of dependents who live off of taxpayer money and don't know how to care for themselves except to vote for the candidate with the letter 'D' by their name each November. 

We could have kept a vibrant space program going that has been a boon to all of humanity.  Instead, we have an anemic program that is only a shadow of its former glory. Sadly, votes and power and making people dependent took priority over the nobler causes in life like the space program. 

But the moon landings really did happen.  

Otherwise, there are some NASA missions that are secret because they involve military cargo and national security.  It is really no more complicated than that.
Susan Fourtané
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10/12/2015 | 7:50:50 AM
Re: The truth is out there
Li Tan, the only danger to human beings are human beings themselves. -Susan
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10/12/2015 | 2:56:23 AM
Re: The truth is out there
I am keen to know the secret behind the scene - is it really a disaster to human beings?
Susan Fourtané
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10/10/2015 | 10:28:01 AM
The truth is out there
nomi, some of the NASA missions are totally secret. If NASA would publish everything about its findings people would panic and the world would turn into chaos. What NASA makes public is just the nice and pretty, the innocent information that everyone can handle. -Susan
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10/10/2015 | 12:05:28 AM
Re: She says conspiracy, he says obvious fact!

@Banacek you are right. If we need to belive that NASA we are also to believe that their are always some information they will keep hidden. But for the reason only known to them. I believe that these kind of comspiracy theories are sometime generated on purpose or on other thet got undue popularity once reasonable answe is not given. What is the actual story is still a mystery but lets hope we will be able to listen to the truth in our lifetime  :)

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10/9/2015 | 12:50:52 PM
She says conspiracy, he says obvious fact!
"and an annoying cadre of conspiracy theorists"

 I just don't know which conspiracy theories to believe. The ones who say we faked the moon landing (I mean, there's no STARS in the pictures!) or the ones that say we went to the moon and that NASA is covering up what they found there (they overshot their target - there MUST be a reason!) to those who claim that they didn't land on the moon, but Planet X.
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