Saturday, August 24, 2013

Saturday's Online: Apollo Mission Photos In the Public Domain

NASA has made many serious mistakes.  Stupid stuff like losing the original film of Neil Armstrong's first steps on the Moon.  The entire film of that mission disappeared, the 40th Anniversary only salvaged because CBS had transferred their video to film and had saved it.   Other bright moments include losing Moon rocks........and we won't linger on their very bad record of killing astronauts........

So when they do something right we should take note, especially when it involves film archiving.

So NASA has scanned all of the thousands of Hasselblad images from all of the Apollo missions.  They are on line and in the public domain:

You can revisit these heroic days of NASA Lunar exploration (or see it for the first time if you hadn't been born yet).

Read all about it here:

And view to you hearts content here:

And if you are looking for some used Hasselblad cameras, remember that the Astronauts had to leave them on the Moon to reduce weight for their return.  Any takers?


  1. Thanks for the links.

    Each astronaut knew they could perish, but every loss of even one life is a great loss. The Russians lost more, then how many that we do not know about either.

    NASA's problems started with Johnson, then Nixon and each successive President and Congress since has been worse and all have failed to keep the dream alive.

  2. Well, the Soviets placed no value on life at all! They just wanted to win the race to the Moon at any cost. We did that part well, but the shuttle program was a disaster, and you are right, there IS NOT enough funding.

    Anyone who thinks that we are sending people to mars is crazy. we do not have the technology to keep anyone alive out there that long.

  3. Thanks for the post. I am an alum of the University of Houston, Clear Lake (a satellite campus of UH). Our campus borders the Johnson Space Center--the one that controls all human space flight in the U. S. We also house the JSC Archives. As a result I had the very good fortune of taking several classes with several members of the Astronaut Corps. The one I remember the best is Dr. Story Musgrave, simply a brilliant man in every regard. This past week, my school district had our back-to-school convocation--every teacher, bus driver, maintenance worker, custodian, secretary, etc. in the district gathering together to be inspired for the new school year. Our keynote speaker this year--Gene Kranz, flight director for both Apollo 11 and Apollo 13. Very inspirational talk. Got me pumped! NASA needs more funding, for sure. Have a great weekend!