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NASA shares every photo ever taken by its Apollo missions and the results are breathtaking

David Kearns

Published 05/10/2015 | 18:42

The galleries include every picture taken by the manned Apollo missions Credit: Project Apollo Archive
The galleries include every picture taken by the manned Apollo missions Credit: Project Apollo Archive
Credit: Project Apollo Archive
Credit: Project Apollo Archive
Credit: Project Apollo Archive

NASA has uploaded dozens of galleries containing over 13,000 high-resolution photos from the manned Apollo missions.

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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

More than 13,000 images were uploaded by NASA Credit: Project Apollo Archive
More than 13,000 images were uploaded by NASA Credit: Project Apollo Archive

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.

The astronauts documented as much of their journey as they could Credit: Project Apollo Archive
The astronauts documented as much of their journey as they could Credit: Project Apollo Archive

"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.

The results speak for themselves.

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