Space and photography fans rejoice! Kipp Teague, creator of the Project Apollo Archive back in 1999 has uploaded over 8,400 high-resolution photos taken by Apollo astronauts to Flickr. The images are new, unprocessed versions of original NASA photo scans of the various Apollo missions.
According to Teague, every photo taken on the lunar surface by astronauts is included in the collection, along with numerous other photos shot from Earth and lunar orbit, as well as during the journey between the two. The majority of the photos were taken with Hasselblad cameras, some strapped to the astronauts spacesuits giving us a unique point of view.
“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,” he said. “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.”
Due to various requests over the years, Teague has reprocessed the entire collection in unedited, 1800 dpi resolution format. The current collection only includes images from the original Johnson Space Center scans that Teague received, but he will be adding images he has obtained from other sources to the collection soon. Besides being high resolution, part of the charm of the collection is that they are completely unprocessed, and all images that were taken are included in the collection – even those that are out of focus, blurry, or otherwise imperfect.
Here’s a couple of our favourites to give you an idea of what to expect in the collection, which gives us our best look yet at the Apollo missions from the viewpoint of the astronauts who were present.
You can check out the full collection over on Flickr in the link below. A quick warning, you could be viewing these images for hours!
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