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 […]