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Countdown to Apollo 11 50th – 9


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.

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Countdown to Apollo 11 50th – 10


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.


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 […]


October 11, 1968: Liftoff of Apollo 7.  The Apollo era begins, and within nine short months and four additional missions, America landed men on the Moon and a human being set foot there.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo era, beginning with the launch of Apollo 7 in October, 1968, Apollospace presents, “Reflections: Apollo 7 in Pictures and Words,” featuring our best Apollo 7 photography described by the sole remaining crewman from that mission: Apollo 7 astronaut Walt Cunningham.  In this 23 minute film, Walt reflects on his NASA career, some of his favorite Apollo images, and the future of spaceflight.  The interview with Walt was shot in 4K on August 30, 2018, and the dozens of Apollo era images featured in the film are higher resolution than that – select the 4K option in the settings.  Please enjoy Walt’s reflections on Apollo 7 and the many wonderful photographs he took.  The beginning, fifty years ago today.

Some of our favorite photographs and the favorites of the astronauts who took or are featured in them are the focus of a series of documentaries Apollospace is producing on Apollo program missions and photography as we celebrate the 50th anniversaries of these amazing missions. These incredible images, many hidden in obscurity for decades, are brought to life as part of our “Apollo Reflections” series – films featuring Apollo era photography described by those who were there – beginning with “Reflections: Apollo 7 in Pictures and Words” featuring Apollo 7 astronaut Walt Cunningham.  Look for additional features in the coming months.


Welcome to Apollospace!

In a year of numerous 49th and 50th Apollo anniversaries, we couldn’t wait to to bring you the most beautiful, high resolution, fully restored, cleaned, and corrected Apollo era images available anywhere.  You can now view full screen images of the Apollo 7, 8, 9, 10 and 13 missions individually in the mission magazine galleries or, also for the first time, as seamless full screen slide shows.  You can download pristine higher resolution  images by mission magazine (consisting of up to nearly 200 photos each) for only as little as a dollar or two.  No cleaner collection of these images exist and Apollospace is the only place to get them.  We also currently offer a number of Gemini mission galleries as well.  As 49th and 50th Apollo anniversaries approach, we’ll be offering many more images, missions, and  programs.

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.

We also couldn’t wait to bring you our authentic hand-signed astronaut autographed photographs, books, and space flown items.  Our store currently has hundreds of items listed, just a fraction of the hundreds more we have available and will be adding soon.

This is only the beginning.  We will be bringing you even more images from other NASA and international programs, including Mars, planetary galleries, 3D galleries, and more.  

Check back frequently as we will be adding new material and products every week.  Follow Apollospace on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for special offers, rewards, coupons, and other discounts.

If you like space, you will love Apollospace!

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