50th Anniversary

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Countdown to Apollo 11 50th – 6

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For the 10 days leading to the 50th anniversary of humanity’s first steps on another world, Apollospace will feature a different Apollo 11 photo magazine and highlight the most significant, iconic, and enduring images from the Apollo 11 mission and in the history of photography.  Apollo 11 Magazine 40/S contains 129 color images, NASA #s AS11-40-5844 to AS11-40-5970. This Magazine contains perhaps the most iconic images of the entire Apollo Program, and indeed in the entire history of photography. The entire Magazine, with the exception of the first three images taken from lunar orbit, consists of images taken on the lunar surface at Tranquility Base including numerous shots of astronauts, the LM, experiment packages, and pans of the lunar surface.

Armstrong photographed a panorama of the landing site when he was on the lunar surface alone.

Then Aldrin exited the LM and descended the ladder.

The crew set up experiments and saluted the US flag.

Armstrong took this iconic image with himself reflected in the visor.

Aldrin took this iconic image of a footprint – not the first or even Neil’s, but it’s representative of the efforts of 400,000 people who made those footsteps possible, and the dreams of all humankind. 

There are very few photographs of Armstrong on the historic spacewalk. Armstrong working at the LM… 

Armstrong at the LM from another angle in very underexposed image (see lower left corner).

Countdown to Apollo 11 50th – 7

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For the 10 days leading to the 50th anniversary of humanity’s first steps on another world, Apollospace will feature a different Apollo 11 photo magazine and highlight the most significant, iconic, and enduring images from the Apollo 11 mission and in the history of photography.  Apollo 11 Magazine 39/Q contains 107 black & white images, NASA #s AS11-39-5737 to AS11-39-5843.  The Magazine consists of photographs of Tranquility Base, including views of the Lunar Module, Eagle’s, shadow and the landing area, before and after the historic moonwalk. The Lunar Module casts its shadow on the lunar surface at Tranquility Base.

These black and white photos, like the color photos in Magazine 37/R, show some nice “before and after” photos of the lunar surface.  The pristine surface below

can be compared with the the surface following the moonwalk.

The contrast of black and white photographs makes the detail of the foot prints stand out.

Enjoy the entire magazine below, individually or in a slide show.  Please note that the images here are 1200 x 1200 pixel full screen versions of our fully restored photographs.  You can download high-resolution versions (3600 x 3600 pixels at 300dpi) by individual mission or mission magazine or get our ultra-high resolution versions on USBs (up to 5200 x 5200 pixels at 300dpi). 

Countdown to Apollo 11 50th – 8

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For the 10 days leading to the 50th anniversary of humanity’s first steps on another world, Apollospace will feature a different Apollo 11 photo magazine and highlight the most significant, iconic, and enduring images from the Apollo 11 mission and in the history of photography.  Apollo 11 Magazine 38/O contains 181 black & white images: NASA #s AS11-38-5556 to AS11-38-5736. This Magazine consists of images of the lunar far side and several series of images of the Moon and Earth after trans-earth insertion.

The images on this magazine were taken following Neil and Buzz’s first steps on the moon.  The first series of images are of various craters and the limb of the lunar far side.

  

This magazine next contains numerous images of the receding moon following trans-earth insertion (firing the Command Module’s engine to exit lunar orbit and head towards Earth).

As well as images of the increasing large earth as Apollo 11 made its way home, fulfilling Kennedy’s goal of returning the astronauts safely to Earth.

Enjoy the entire magazine below, individually or in a slide show.  Please note that the images here are 1200 x 1200 pixel full screen versions of our fully restored photographs.  You can download high-resolution versions (3600 x 3600 pixels at 300dpi) by individual mission or mission magazine or get our ultra-high resolution versions on USBs (up to 5200 x 5200 pixels at 300dpi). 

Countdown to Apollo 11 50th – 9

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For the 10 days leading to the 50th anniversary of humanity’s first steps on another world, Apollospace will feature a different Apollo 11 photo magazine and highlight the most significant, iconic, and enduring images from the Apollo 11 mission and in the history of photography.

Apollo 11 Magazine 37/R contains 123 color images, NASA #s AS11-37-5433 to AS11-37-5555.  This Magazine contains images taken from the Lunar Module.

The first set of photographs, taken from the Lunar Module, are of the LM with an Earthrise over the lunar horizon.

The next series of images are of the Command Module over the lunar surface as the LM pulls away before its descent to the surface.

The remaining images were taken from the Lunar Module after landing on the lunar surface at Tranquility Base.  The first images are before Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped on the surface while it was still pristine, with later images taken following their historic first steps.  Compare the two “before” and “after” images below.

Also in this magazine are iconic images of Neil and Buzz following their historic moonwalk. Exhaustion and elation and both evident.

Lighting and focusing issues for the interior shots and photographing an alien surface that changed color at different sun angles through the LM windows made this magazine one of the most difficult to deal with.  There is a wide range of color variation evident from one image to another, and indeed within single images where one side of the photo skews green while the other skews red. Still, 50 years later, these images, especially the before and after images of the lunar surface and the image of Neil following the moonwalk, are enduring testaments to this historic human endeavor.

Enjoy the entire […]

Countdown to Apollo 11 50th – 10

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For the 10 days leading to the 50th anniversary of humanity’s first steps on another world, Apollospace will feature a different Apollo 11 photo magazine and highlight the most significant, iconic, and enduring images from the Apollo 11 mission and in the history of photography.

Apollo 11 Magazine 36/N contains 142 color images, NASA Image #s AS11-36-5291 to AS11-36-5432.  This magazine primarily consists of photographs of the translunar voyage to the moon with images of the Earth, spacecraft interior, and crew shots. The final group of images are of the lunar surface from orbit.

The very first image taken during the mission is of Apollo 11 Commander, Neil Armstrong, who would take the first steps on the moon just a few days later, followed by a nice image of Command Module Pilot, Michael Collins.

Some of the best images of the Earth, and particularly the SW United States and Mexico, are featured in the next series taken during the translunar injection and coast.

The next series of images show the Lunar Module, Eagle, prior to extraction.

The next series features an ever receding Earth.

Followed by wonderful images of the LM interior and Lunar Module Pilot, Buzz Aldrin.

One of the more artistic images of the mission is the distant Earth framed by Eagle.

The final series of images feature the first views of the lunar surface from orbit.

APOLLOSPACE IMAGES COMPARISON

There are three weeks until the 50th anniversary of the historic first steps on the Moon on July 20, 1969.  To mark that occasion, Apollospace has produced the definitive collection of ultra-high resolution images from the first five Apollo missions that led to those first steps.

The Apollospace First Steps Apollo Image Collection on a commemorative Apollo Saturn V rocket custom USB.  These images have been fully restored from new JSC scans are the highest resolution, highest quality collection of images available anywhere.

Recently, our Apollo 10 Flight Images USB cards were selected as gifts for attendees of Gen. Stafford’s 50th Anniversary celebration.  When the Director of the Stafford Air & Space Museum first saw these images, he wrote: “In my 50+ year career in the space museum business, 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!”

So just how good are our images compared to other examples available online or on DVD image collections?

People often ask me, “how do your images compare to Retrospace images?”

Retrospace has done amazing work preserving many many thousands of Apollo era photographs. 

But here are the facts about mission flight images, the photographs taken by the astronauts during the missions:

Apollospace images are 60% larger by pixel size than the Retrospace images, and each Apollospace image holds 10-30 times more information than comparable Retrospace images!

For comparison, the Retrospace Apollo 9 High-Res Image Library’s mission photos comprise only 1.4 GB of data, or about ¼ of the DVD.  The Apollospace First Steps Ultra-High resolution mission photos on our Saturn V USB available on Indiegogo comprise 15.9GB (1,590MB) of data – that’s 4 DVDs worth of information for the flight images from that flight alone!  The Apollospace images contain more than 12 times the data than comparable Retrospace images.

Retro flight images measure 2992×2992 pixels, while the Apollospace images measure 5000×5000 for all color images and BW images for Apollo7, 8, and 9 (BW images for Apollo 10 and 11 […]

First Steps – Apollo Mission Photography Vol. I

Apollospace is running an Indiegogo campaign to produce our special ultra-high resolution Apollo photography collection on a commemorative custom Saturn V shaped USB

FIRST STEPS – APOLLO MISSION PHOTOGRAPHY VOL. I

INCLUDES ALL FLIGHT PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN BY THE ASTRONAUTS FROM THE FIRST 5 APOLLO MISSIONS: APOLLO 7 through APOLLO 11

July 20, 2019 is the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 mission and humanity’s first steps on another world.  Apollospace proudly 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: Apollo 7, Apollo 8, Apollo 9, Apollo 10, and Apollo 11 – over 5000 images on a 64GB commemorative custom Saturn V USB.  You can now pre-order this incredible collection at a low introductory price through this campaign.

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 blank version contains 16GB of memory space.

The First Steps version is a 64GB drive with over 59GB of data – more than contained on 12DVDs – filled with over 5000 ultra-high resolution uncompressed 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 Apollo Photography:

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 uncompressed jpeg files that measure 5000 x 5000 pixels at 300 dpi.

… to the bold venture to the […]

Interview with General Tom Stafford During Apollo 10 50th

Interview with General Thomas Stafford (Gemini 6, Gemini 9, Apollo 10, and ASTP)

On May 19th, I had the distinct pleasure of sitting down for an interview with the legendary Gen. Tom Stafford, at his name sake museum in Weatherford, OK, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the flight of Apollo 10.  General Stafford grew up in Weatherford and the museum and local airport carry his name.  The Stafford Air & Space Museum played host to an exclusive gala celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 10 on May 18th.  Through the much appreciated efforts of Museum Director, Max Ary and his staff, arrangements were made for me to interview The General the next morning.

We set up the interview at the base of his actual Gemini 6 spacecraft, an incredible backdrop for our conversation.

General Stafford is among the space pioneer elite, having been selected to NASA as one of the “New Nine” – the second group of astronauts after the Mercury 7.  He graciously sat for the interview for about an hour before he had to prepare for a public talk he was to give at the local high school.

I was able to ask him questions about all of his missions.  From his first, GT-6, which featured the first rendezvous of two spacecraft, to his last, the Apollo-Soyuz test Project (ASTP) and the first docking of two international spacecraft.  In between, he confronted angry alligators; endured spacewalks from hell; barnstormed the moon, brought a tumbling spaceship back under control, and he became (as he remains to this day) the fastest man alive.  I also asked him about the significance and legacy of Apollo, the lessons and implications for humanity from international cooperation and seeing the Earth from space, and his thoughts on the future.

We were also fortunate to record his public talk, a Q&A session with Mark Larson, where Stafford shared even more stories.

Between my interview and the public event, we now have over two hours of footage to sift through from two cameras in two different locations.  Neither setting was without its share of technical […]

APOLLO 8 FLIGHT IMAGES COLLECTION

THE APOLLO 8 FLIGHT IMAGES COLLECTION

Apollospace® proudly presents the most comprehensive collection of fully restored and enhanced Apollo 8 flight images at the highest quality and resolution available!

Apollo 8, the second manned Apollo mission and the first to venture to the moon, celebrates its 50th Anniversary December 21-27, 2018.

866 high resolution flight images from the historic Apollo 8 Mission – every image photographed by astronauts during this historic mission!

Click the image below to order:

All images measure 5200 x 5200 pixels at 300 dpi, with photo credits to: NASA/JSC/ASU/Apollospace

This special commemorative Apollo 8 50th Anniversary USB flash drive contains the complete catalog of every photograph taken by the Apollo 8 astronauts during this historic mission  – fully restored and enhanced at the highest quality and resolution available!

The 866 flight images contained on this USB together total more than 11 gigabytes in size …

That’s enough to fill 3 DVDS!

At 5200 pixels, the Apollo 8 flight images on this USB are up to 70% larger than partially restored and corrected counterparts available online and on other commercially available media, which generally measure only up to 3000 pixels each, are only a few megabytes in size (if that), and have not been fully restored, corrected and cleaned.

Each and every image on The Apollo 8 Flight Images USB has been painstakingly cropped and corrected for color, tone, and contrast and cleaned of blemishes including dust, hairs, scan lines, emulsion spots, streaks, scratches, stray reflections, and other flaws.

It is common for images to require as many as several hundred separate corrective actions (even thousands!) to achieve the fully restored, corrected, and enhanced versions available on this USB.  It is impossible to overstate the quality and beauty of these photographs – the most pristine they’ve appeared since they were originally taken […]

Apollo 8: The Earth From Here

In anticipation of the 50th Anniversary of the historic Apollo 8 mission, the first to leave the close confines of planet Earth and venture to the Moon, Apollospace produced this short film, “Apollo 8: The Earth From Here.” 

In December 1968, a year marred by division and pain, human beings ventured farther out than ever before.  The crew of Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders became the first human beings to see the entire Earth, the lunar farside, and the first Earthrise. This short film uses the highest resolution, fully restored Apollo 8 photographs accompanied by contemporaneous radio transmission descriptions from the Apollo 8 crew.

Apollo 8: The Earth From Here from Apollospace on Vimeo.

COMING DECEMBER 2018

Apollospace® proudly presents the most comprehensive collection of fully restored and enhanced Apollo 8 flight images at the highest quality and resolution available!

This special commemorative Apollo 8 50th Anniversary USB flash drive contains the complete catalog of every photograph taken by the Apollo 8 astronauts during this historic mission  – fully restored and enhanced at the highest quality and resolution available!

Each JPEG image on this commemorative USB collection measures 5200 x 5200 pixels at 300 dpi.  The individual image files on this USB are huge – averaging approximately 12 megabytes in size each.

The 866 flight images contained on this USB together total more than 10 gigabytes in size …

That’s enough to fill 3 DVDS!

At 5200 pixels, the Apollo 8 flight images on this USB are up to 70% larger than partially restored and corrected counterparts available online and on other commercially available media, which generally measure only up to 3000 pixels each, are only a few megabytes in size (if that), and have not been fully corrected and cleaned.

Each and every image on The Apollo 8 Flight Images USB has been painstakingly cropped and corrected for color, tone, and contrast and cleaned of blemishes including dust, hairs, scan lines, emulsion spots, streaks, scratches, stray reflections, and other flaws.

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