See the Moon Missions Like Never Before

NASA's Project Apollo Archive shares thousands of high-res photos
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 5, 2015 11:30 AM CDT
See all the photos, now in high-resolution.   (Project Apollo Archive)

(Newser) – We bet we can guess how anyone not entirely convinced that the US put a man on the moon will be spending their day. Kipp Teague has just updated NASA's Project Apollo Archive's Flickr account with 8,400 unprocessed, high-res, never-before-seen photos taken during the Apollo missions from 1969 to 1972, reports Mashable. As a result of years spent scanning original film rolls, you can now see every photo taken by astronauts on the moon using their chest-mounted Hasselblad cameras, plus other shots of Earth and the men who piloted the Apollo spacecraft, reports the Planetary Society. They reveal the moon's craters and even the pores of astronauts' skin in incredible detail, per the Verge. (See Wired's choice for the 19 best images here.)

Teague got his hands on uncompressed, high-res versions of scans when the Johnson Space Center began re-scanning original film magazines in 2004. Some were posted on the Project Apollo Archive, but the color and brightness levels were altered and the photos shrunk down to 1000 dots per inch. After a few questioned the decision to edit the images, Teague says he decided to upload the new hoard unedited at 1800 dots per inch, per the BBC. As the original scans didn't include images from all Apollo missions, "I have obtained from other sources processed versions of several film magazines from Apollo 7, 9, 10, and 13," Teague says. When all are uploaded by the end of the week, there will be 13,000 in all. (Read more Apollo missions stories.)

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