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July 20, 2019 was the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 mission and humanity’s first steps on another world. Apollospace presents the DEFINITIVE collection of FULLY RESTORED ULTRA-HIGH-RESOLUTION FLIGHT IMAGES, from the first Apollo flight of Apollo 7 to the first steps on the Moon and safe return of Apollo 11. This commemorative Apollo 50th Anniversary Custom Saturn V USB features EVERY PHOTO taken by the astronauts from the FIRST FIVE APOLLO MISSIONS!

Every flight image from Apollo 7, Apollo 8, Apollo 9, Apollo 10, and Apollo 11  is included in this incredible and unparalleled collection- over 5000 ultra-high resolution images on a 64GB commemorative custom Saturn V USB.

From the first flight of Apollo 7, the first manned Apollo mission to fly…

The First Steps Saturn V USB contains 534 ultra-high resolution flight images from the historic Apollo 7 Mission – every photograph taken by the astronauts during this historic mission.  All images contained on this USB are jpeg files that measure 5000 x 5000 pixels at 300 dpi with the least compression and possible.

… to the bold venture to the moon of Apollo 8, the second manned Apollo mission and the first to venture to the moon…

The First Steps Saturn V USB contains 867 ultra-high resolution flight images from the historic Apollo 8 Mission – every photograph taken by the astronauts during this historic mission.  All images contained on this USB are jpeg files that measure 5000 x 5000 pixels at 300 dpi with the least compression and possible.

… to the first test of the lunar module during Apollo 9, the first full stack manned Saturn V Apollo mission and first to fly the Lunar Module…

The First Steps Saturn V USB contains 792 ultra-high resolution flight images from the historic Apollo 9 Mission – every photograph taken by the astronauts during this historic mission.  All images contained on this USB are are jpeg files that measure 5000 x 5000 pixels at 300 dpi with the least compression and possible.

… to the final dress rehearsal of Apollo 10, the second manned Apollo mission to orbit the Moon and the final “dress rehearsal” before the manned landing of Apollo 11…

 

The First Steps Saturn V USB contains 1437 ultra-high resolution flight images from the historic Apollo 10 Mission – every photograph taken by the astronauts during this historic mission.  All images contained on this USB are  jpeg files with the least compression possible.  Color photo magazines (27N, 34M, and 35U) measure 5000 x 5000 pixels at 300 dpi. Black & white photo magazines (28O, 29P, 30Q, 31R, 32S, and 33T) measure 4000 x 4000 pixels at 300 dpi.

… and finally the fulfillment of Kennedy’s challenge with Apollo 11, the first manned landing on the Moon…

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The First Steps Saturn V USB contains 1409 ultra-high resolution flight images from the historic Apollo 11 Mission – every photograph taken by the astronauts during this historic mission.  All images contained on this USB are jpeg files with the least compression possible.  Color photo magazines (36N, 37R, 40S, and 44V) measure 5000 x 5000 pixels at 300 dpi. Black & white photo magazines (38O, 39Q, 41P, 42V, and 43T) measure 4000 x 4000 pixels at 300 dpi.

But this collection is more than the iconic images, it includes every photograph taken by the astronauts during these historic missions.

The over 5000 ultra-high resolution photographs in this definitive collection have each painstakingly been restored to the highest quality and resolution, painstakingly cleaned of dust, scanlines, scratches, hair and every other blemish (usually hundreds, and often thousands, of corrections per image!) down to the pixel level to create the highest quality highest resolution Apollo imagery ever made available.

About the Saturn V USBs:

The commemorative 50th anniversary Saturn V custom shaped USBs measure approximately 4.75 inches high and .75 inches in diameter.

The First Steps USB is a 64GB drive – with over enough data to fill nearly 14 DVDs – containing over 5000 ultra-high resolution JPEG images measuring up to 5000 pixels at 300dpi.  Each image has been completely and fully restored from the most recent and highest resolution NASA/JSC scans.

The Apollospace Imaging Process

Most of the raw public domain Apollo images (including all color images) used in creating the images found in this collection were acquired from Arizona State University (ASU), pursuant to an Agreement with NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) for scanning NASA’s collection of Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo imagery in the highest resolutions ever made available.  Raw black and white images not yet available through ASU were acquired from the National Archives and/or NASA/JSC images sources.

Each image was lovingly and painstakingly corrected and enhanced as follows:

The borders of each image were cropped off and the images were then corrected for tone, color, and contrast.

One of the chief challenges in the raw scanned images is the lack of contrast, which results in the images having a ghostly fog.  Among the observations of space by the astronauts themselves is how inky black space is.  Thus, during processing, one of the main aims is to achieve as black a sky as possible without losing image details.

Because the images were shot at various exposures and lighting conditions, there is a wide contrast variation in original scanned images.  For aesthetic and other reasons, the images have been processed to reveal as much detail as possible.  For example, images of the lunar surface from orbit with the sun directly overhead are overexposed and, lacking shadows, the surface lacks detail and appears flat.  Such images have been processed to bring out the most detail possible, which generally results in them appearing much darker in comparison to other images but allows for better detail in crater rays.

The images are then blown up to their maximum resolution and cleaned of scratches, blemishes, dust, hair, scanning lines and other defects. It is not uncommon for a single image to require hundreds of corrective actions to clean the image of blemishes, faults, and defects. The end result are the cleanest images available anywhere, even at maximum resolution, without the distracting blemishes found in raw images and most corrected images available elsewhere.  As seen in some of the samples below, it is common for images to require as many as several hundred corrective actions to achieve the enhanced images available at Apollospace!

The images are further corrected and enhanced to provide clarity and consistency.   Levels and colors are balanced to make viewing the images, individually and as part of a slide show, as seamless and pleasing as possible.

In short, literally hundreds of thousands of blemishes were removed from the over 5000 photos in this collection.

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 has been restored, corrected, and enhanced with a human eye as well, to be as visually pleasing as they are historically and naturally accurate.

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Apollo Reflections

If a picture is indeed worth a thousand words, then the story of Apollo, told through the nearly 20,000 photographs taken during the eleven manned Apollo missions between 1968 and 1972, would literally take tens of millions of words to tell.

The Apollo Program was, undoubtedly, one of the greatest accomplishments in human history.  Human beings, for the first time, left the Earth and gazed back at our beautiful planet, the source of all we have ever known, learning more not only about the wider universe, but also about ourselves and our own world.

Astronaut Fred Haise has called the image collection “incredible” and “amazing.”

Others have commented: “they are without a doubt the highest quality image archive I have seen, and you need to be congratulated on the work and effort you have gone to!”

“Amazing quality images … I hope more people see the work you are doing it is truly amazing! It’s a gold mine for those who know it!

This is THE DEFINITIVE collection of completely restored, ultra-high resolution photographs from the Apollo 7 through Apollo 11 missions – every photograph taken by the astronauts on these historic missions to land men on the moon and return them safely to Earth.  You cannot find these incredible photographs at this quality and resolution on-line or anywhere else.  In short, this is the best collection of these images available anywhere.

 

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