If you think the moon landing was faked by Stanley Kubrick in an underground bunker at area 51, with big foot as the executive producer and George W. Bush as the best boy... this may not be news for you.
Assuming you're not wearing a tin foil hat, though, and are even slightly moved by the astounding accomplishments of the former ape now known as human, this is really cool. On Friday, Project Apollo Archive took to Flickr to publish more than 8,400 high resolution photos from NASA's Apollo missions to space and the moon. Click here to see the magic.
According to project leader Kipp Teague, in a conversation with The Planetary Society:
"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. 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."Teague has requested more Apollo scans from NASA but isn't quite certain if the agency has the funding to provide them just yet. "In the meantime," he says, "I have obtained from other sources processed versions of several film magazines from Apollo 7, 9, 10 and 13, which I will be adding soon."
We start out with a collection of photos from the Apollo 7 mission in 1968, which was NASA's very first to carry a crew into space after Apollo 1 was destroyed during a pre-flight test (Apollo 2-6 were unmanned missions to test various aspects of the Apollo program), and follow with albums from Apollo 8, 9, 10, 11 (our first moon landing), 12, 13 (the one Tom Hanks and Kevin Bacon survived), 14, 15, 16, all the way up to our last Apollo mission — and our last trip to the moon — in 1972.
The photos include every photo taken of the moon using Hasseelblad cameras, shots of the Earth, candid photos of the astronauts, and a whole lot of floating around. Many of the pictures appear to be a bit redundant and consist of things you've already seen a million times before, but, c'mon, what kind of idiot could ever get bored of this stuff?
For a complete list of NASA's manned Apollo missions, here's some info that I lazily copypasta'd from Wikipedia:
|Apollo 1(AS-204)||Saturn IB||AS-204||Grissom||White||Chaffee||N/A||No LM||21 February 1967 (Planned)||N/A||N/A|
|Never launched. On 27 January 1967, a fire erupted in the Apollo command module during a test on the launch pad, destroying the module and killing astronauts Grissom, White, and Chaffee. The Saturn 1B launch vehicle, serial number AS-204, was undamaged and later used for the Apollo 5 mission.|
|Apollo 7||Saturn IB||AS-205||Schirra||Eisele||Cunningham||N/A||No LM||11 October 1968||15:02 GMT||10d 20h|
|A test flight of the Block II CSM in Earth orbit, Apollo 7 was the first manned Apollo flight and the first manned flight of the Saturn IB. It was the only manned Apollo launch not from LC 39. It included the first live TV broadcast from an American spacecraft.|
|Apollo 8||Saturn V||AS-503||Borman||Lovell||Anders||N/A||No LM||21 December 1968||12:51 GMT||06d 03h|
|Apollo 8 was the first manned circumlunar flight of the CSM (10 orbits in 20 hours) and the first manned flight of the Saturn V. The crew were the first humans to see the far side of the Moon and earth rise over the lunar horizon with their own eyes. Live television pictures were broadcast to Earth.|
|Apollo 9||Saturn V||AS-504||McDivitt||Scott||Schweickart||Gumdrop||Spider||3 March 1969||16:00 GMT||10d 01h|
|During 10 days in Earth orbit, Apollo 9 conducted the first manned flight test of the Lunar Module, demonstrating its propulsion and ability to rendezvous and dock with the CSM. An EVA tested the Portable Life Support System (PLSS).|
|Apollo 10||Saturn V||AS-505||Stafford||Young||Cernan||Charlie Brown||Snoopy||18 May 1969||16:49 GMT||08d 00h|
|In this "dress rehearsal" for the lunar landing, Apollo 10's Lunar Module was flown manned around the Moon and descended to 8.4 nautical miles (15.6 km) without landing.|
|Apollo 11||Saturn V||AS-506||Armstrong||Collins||Aldrin||Columbia||Eagle||16 July 1969||13:32 GMT||08d 03h|
|On July 20, 1969, the Apollo 11 Lunar Module performed the first manned landing on the Moon in the Sea of Tranquility, overcoming navigation errors and computer alarms. Astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin performed a single EVA in the direct vicinity of the LM.|
|Apollo 12||Saturn V||AS-507||Conrad||Gordon||Bean||Yankee Clipper||Intrepid||14 November 1969||16:22 GMT||10d 04h|
|Following two lightning strikes on the spacecraft during launch, with brief loss of fuel cells and telemetry, Apollo 12 performed the first precise manned landing on the Moon in the Ocean of Storms near the Surveyor 3 probe. In two EVAs, the astronauts recovered portions of Surveyor and returned them to Earth. First controlled LM ascent stage impact after jettison; first use of deployable S-band antenna; lunar TV camera damaged by accidental exposure to sun.|
|Apollo 13||Saturn V||AS-508||Lovell||Swigert||Haise||Odyssey||Aquarius||11 April 1970||19:13 GMT||05d 22h|
|Intended to land at Fra Mauro, Apollo 13's mission was aborted after an SM oxygen tank exploded on the trip to the moon, causing the landing to be cancelled. After a single loop around the moon, the LM was used as crew "lifeboat" for safe return. First S-IVB stage impact on Moon as active seismic test.|
|Apollo 14||Saturn V||AS-509||Shepard||Roosa||Mitchell||Kitty Hawk||Antares||31 January 1971||21:03 GMT||09d 00h|
|After docking problems, a faulty LM abort switch and delayed landing radar acquisition, Apollo 14's LM landed successfully at Fra Mauro. First color video images from the surface of the Moon, first materials science experiments in space, and two EVAs, in one of which Shepard performed a golf shot.|
|Apollo 15||Saturn V||AS-510||Scott||Worden||Irwin||Endeavour||Falcon||26 July 1971||13:34 GMT||12d 07h|
|Apollo 15, landing at Hadley–Apennine was the first "J series" mission with a 3-day lunar stay and extensive geology investigations. First use of the Lunar Roving Vehicle, driving 17.25 miles (27.8 km); 1 lunar "standup" EVA, 3 lunar surface EVAs and deep space EVA on return to retrieve orbital camera film from SM.|
|Apollo 16||Saturn V||AS-511||Young||Mattingly||Duke||Casper||Orion||16 April 1972||17:54 GMT||11d 01h|
|After a malfunction in a backup CSM yaw gimbal servo loop delayed the landing and reduced CSM time in lunar orbit, Apollo 16's LM landed in the Descartes Highlands. No ascent stage deorbit due to malfunction; 3 lunar EVAs and deep space EVA.|
|Apollo 17||Saturn V||AS-512||Cernan||Evans||Schmitt||America||Challenger||7 December 1972||05:33 GMT||12d 13h|
|The final Apollo lunar mission landed at Taurus–Littrow. Schmitt, a geologist, was the first professional scientist to go on a NASA mission. First night launch; 3 lunar EVAs and deep space EVA. As of 2015, the last manned spaceflight beyond low Earth orbit.|