NASA shares every photo ever taken by its Apollo missions and the results are breathtaking
Published 05/10/2015 | 18:42
NASA has uploaded dozens of galleries containing over 13,000 high-resolution photos from the manned Apollo missions.
Shaving, eating space food, smiling into the camera, stunning lunar vistas and iconic moonwalking photos – these are just a few routine moments shown in the galleries.
The high-res images are untouched and unprocessed, showing exactly what the astronauts were facing on their trips to the final frontier.
The huge trove of photos includes every single picture taken on the moon’s surface on the Apollo missions
The process, perhaps unsurprisingly, to archive and uploaded each image was an extremely long one according to Kipp Teague, who runs the Project Apollo Archive.
"Around 2004, Johnson Space Center began re-scanning the original Apollo Hasseelblad camera film magazines, and Eric Jones and I began obtaining TIFF (uncompressed, high-resolution) versions of these new scans on DVD," Mr 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."
Because there was so much demand for higher-resolution versions, Teague decided to reprocess the entire set and upload them to Flickr magazine by magazine.