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Why Apollospace Images?

The Apollospace Apollo Mission Flight Photographs

The Apollospace Apollo Mission Flight Photographs are arranged on this site by program mission and by specific film magazine.  Apollospace provides three basic ways of viewing these images.

Apollospace Online:

Through this website, Apollospace provides full screen web quality versions of these images in the form of mission and magazine galleries and slideshows.  These JPEG images measure 1200×1200 pixels and are perfect for viewing online individually or by magazine as a slideshow.  This is the first time Apollo flight images have been made available at this quality and resolution for full screen online viewing.  That alone is a game changer.  These images may be individually downloaded and will provide full screen viewing.  Please note that the 1200 pixel images are not suitable for printing.

Apollospace Digital Downloads:

Even more exciting, Apollospace provides product links in our store to zip files of specific photographic magazines and mission specific collections available for purchase and downloading in very high resolution.  Our downloadable JPEG images measure a minimum of 3600×3600 pixels at 300dpi.  These are the highest quality restored, corrected, and enhanced Apollo image collections available for download on-line!  Priced from just $1 to $5 each, or less than the cost of printing a single photograph, you can now download hundreds of beautiful, fully restored Apollo era images in minutes!

Apollospace Collections on Tangible Media:

Apollospace is also making these image collections available on flash media in the highest resolution and quality available.  These images generally measure 5000×5000 pixel or higher JPEGS at the highest quality (individual images are HUGE, averaging over 15 MB each).  The entire Apollospace Apollo Program Flight Photograph archive from Apollo 7 through Apollo 17 is over 300 GB in size, or the equivalent of over 60 DVDs.  However, with the advancement of flash media, Apollospace is able to bring you these amazing images inexpensively by producing image collections on customized flash media, without taking all the space on your shelf that individual DVDs would.

It is impossible to overstate the quality and beauty of Apollospace’s images.  Each image has been individually processed, restored, corrected, and enhanced with painstaking attention to detail.  It is common for images to require as many as several hundred separate corrective actions to achieve the restored, corrected, and enhanced versions available through Apollospace.  Learn more about the Apollospace image process.

Whether browsing the images online, downloading by magazine or mission collection, or purchasing program and mission media collections, Apollospace offers the highest quality, fully processed, restored, corrected, and enhanced Apollo era photographs available anywhere.

Background:

Apollospace holds tens of thousands of raw public domain Apollo era digital images, representing the highest resolutions that have been scanned by NASA from the original film.  These raw images have been, and continue to be, restored, corrected, and enhanced by Apollospace for public distribution and enjoyment.

Principal owner, Jeremy Theoret, has had an interest in space since he was too young to read.  He grew up watching the Gemini and Apollo Program missions and dreaming of one day venturing into space himself.  That didn’t work out quite like he’d hoped.  However, his passion for space exploration compelled him to collect astronaut autographs and space photos, and later to create Apollospace.  From approximately 1996 through 2007, Jeremy ran and operated Apollospace.com as a DBA/ sole proprietorship.  Jeremy travelled extensively to various NASA Regional Planetary Image Facilities to review the complete library of Apollo photographs and select the most iconic and compelling images, for which he acquired inter-negatives of those images through NASA, and produced and sold 8×10 photographs from those negatives on the Apollospace website. 

Jeremy sold thousands of unsigned photographs to collectors around the world, including many Jeremy had signed by the astronauts themselves who took the photos or were featured in them.  That provided many opportunities to discuss Apollo era imagery with the people who were actually there, and provided valuable insight into how the photographs should look.  Among the observations shared by the astronauts were how inky black space appeared, how beautiful and precious the Earth looked, and how the moon appeared in a variety of colors from browns to grays.

By the early 2000s, however, digital imagery was fast replacing negatives, and paper photographs became less desirable.

Apollo Era Photography Digital Scans:

Nearly 20,000 in-flight photographs were taken by astronauts during the Apollo program, primarily from Hasselblad and Nikon cameras.  In addition, thousand more images were taking remotely by the Metric and Panorama Cameras situated in the SIM Bay of the Command Module for Apollos 15-17.  In total, approximately 31,000 Apollo Program in-flight images exist (and this does not count the individually numbered frames from 16mm film which includes thousands more images):

70mm Hasselblad Image Catalog (18,696 total images)
Metric Image Catalog (7,251 total images)
Panoramic Image Catalog (4545 total images)
Apollo Lunar Surface Closeup Camera (ALSCC) Image Catalog (100 total images)
35mm Nikon Image Catalog (404 total images)
Total Apollo Flight Images: 30,996!

In addition, there are over 2500 images from the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (ASTP) program and thousands more Skylab mission photographs.  There are another 3000 Gemini Program Flight Photographs and 528 Mercury Program Flight Photographs.

Each film magazine during the Apollo era missions typically contained up to approximately 160 color or 200 black and white pictures.  Prior to and during the missions, the magazines were letter referenced (Magazine M, N, O, etc.), and when the images were indexed following the mission, they were designated with ascending numbers, with, for example, Apollo 7 photography consisting of magazines indexed as AS07-03 (magazine M) through AS07-11 (Magazine P).  The individual magazines and images were numbered sequentially throughout the Apollo Program beginning with Apollo 7 (AS07-03-1511) and ending with Apollo 17 (AS17-155-23776).  (This does not include the photographs from the unmanned Apollo 4 and Apollo 6 missions).  There are a number of “missing” magazines, that were either used for calibration, or in low-light or other experiments, that produced low quality or faulty images, as well as some magazines ending up lost in space (Gemini 10) or left on the surface of the moon (Apollo 12).

The original negatives from these missions are stored in frozen vaults at Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, TX.  Master inter-negatives were produced from the originals in order to preserve the originals while being to reproduce photographs, meaning successive generations of photographs were often produced from 2nd, 3rd, or later generations of negatives.

JSC digitally scanned the Apollo Program photographs for the 40th anniversary of Apollo in and around 2009.  These raw images can be seen on the National Archives website and various NASA image galleries online.

More recently, JSC has been re-scanning the original negatives at the highest resolutions ever in preparation for the 50th anniversary of Apollo, pursuant to a Space Act Agreement between Arizona State University (ASU) and NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

Digital scans of flight images in their raw (unprocessed) form are in the public domain, and as such are covered by NASA usage policy for still image and computer files (see URL: https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/guidelines/index.html).  Most of the raw images (including all color images) used in creating the images found on this site and contained in our products were acquired from ASU.  The remainder of the raw images, including many of the black and white images found here, were acquired from the National Archives or a NASA image site.

Unfortunately, until today, the majority of these scanned images have not been available anywhere online as completely restored, corrected, and enhanced high resolution images for viewing, downloading, and purchase.  What there is, across numerous websites, are collections of images in raw, unprocessed form, or marginally processed images that fail to fully showcase these images as they truly deserve to be seen.   Apollospace is changing that.

The Apollospace image process page details the technical work of bringing these photographs to life.  But more than an historical record of one of the greatest accomplishments in human history, these images are art.   Each Apollo era photograph appearing on this site was taken by a human hand and with a human eye.  50 years later, each one been restored, corrected, and enhanced with a human eye as well, to be as visually pleasing as they are historically and naturally accurate.

Enjoy!

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