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Incredible Online Gallery of High-Res Film Scans from Every Apollo Mission

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The title sort of gives it away, but did you know that there is an online archive that contains high-resolution film scans from every Apollo mission? The gallery contains all of the incredible photos taken during each of the missions — from Apollo 1 all the way through Apollo 17 — with some 1,000+ photos from Apollo 11 alone.

The archive, officially the Apollo Image Gallery, was put together by the Project Apollo Archive by scanning photographs provided by the NASA History Office, Kennedy Space Center and Johnson Space Center.

Since all of these images were taken by NASA astronauts in the course of duty, they’re all Public Domain and free for you to browse through, download, share and use to your heart’s content.

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Unfortunately, the website can be a bit of a hassle to navigate through — there’s no way to browse image after image in any sort of slide show format — but it’s a relatively small con when you consider the work it took to scan and bring all of these photos under one roof.

From photos taken on the moon and in space, to press release photos and training exercises it’s all there in glorious high-resolution. Here’s a selection of images taken from all of the Apollo missions, complete with descriptions in the captions:

Astronauts Grissom, White and Chaffee of Apollo 1 on their way to the training exercise that would ultimately lead to their tragic deaths.

Astronauts Grissom, White and Chaffee of Apollo 1 on their way to the training exercise that would ultimately lead to their tragic deaths.

Apollo 7 astronaut Wally Schirra

Apollo 7 astronaut Wally Schirra

The crew of Apollo 8 photograph the Earth rising over the Moon. They were the first humans ever to witness this incredible phenomenon.

The crew of Apollo 8 photograph the Earth rising over the Moon. They were the first humans ever to witness this incredible phenomenon.

Apollo 9 astronaut Dave Scott emerging from the command module hatch.

Apollo 9 astronaut Dave Scott emerging from the command module hatch.

The Apollo 10 command module as seen from the lunar module during lunar orbit tests.

The Apollo 10 command module as seen from the lunar module during lunar orbit tests.

Apollo 11 astronaut Edwin

Apollo 11 astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin sets up a solar wind experiment on the moon.

The first photo Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong took after setting foot on the Moon.

The first photo Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong took after setting foot on the Moon.

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Apollo 11 astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin salutes the United States flag while Neil Armstrong photographs him. A moment caught on 16mm film here.

Apollo 12 astronaut Pete Conrad exiting the lunar module.

Apollo 12 astronaut Pete Conrad exiting the lunar module.

Photograph of the crippled Apollo 13 service module after separation

Photograph of the crippled Apollo 13 service module after separation

Apollo 14 lunar module pilot Edgar Mitchell

Apollo 14 lunar module pilot Edgar Mitchell

Apollo 15 astronaut Jim Irwin working on the lunar rover.

Apollo 15 astronaut Jim Irwin working on the lunar rover.

Apollo 16 astronaut John Young

Apollo 16 astronaut John Young

Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison Schmitt collecting a soil sample on the south side of the rim boulders at Station 5. Apollo 17 was the last manned space flight to travel beyond low Earth orbit.

Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison Schmitt collecting a soil sample on the south side of the rim boulders at Station 5. Apollo 17 was the last manned space flight to travel beyond low Earth orbit.

These are just some of our favorites that we found while browsing the massive archive. There are literally thousands more where these came from.

To check out the full gallery for yourself — or if you’d like to see any of the photos we shared above in beautiful high-resolution — head over to the Project Apollo Archive’s image gallery by clicking here.

(via Doobybrain)


Image credits: Photographs by NASA