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The Mother Lode of NASA Apollo HD Images Has Just Been Dumped on the Internet

It’s like Xmas in October –and no, I ain’t talking about my birthday– thanks to the release of THOUSANDS of high-resolution photographs taken by NASA during the age of the Apollo missions, between 1961 and 1972.

Those images were taken by the Apollo astronauts using Hasselblad 500EL data cameras, equipped with special IMAX-like, 70mm thin-based film produced by Kodak, which is the equivalent of 12,000 lines of digital resolution –the perfect excuse to finally get that new iMac with 5k Retina display next Black Friday!

Project Apollo Archive, which contains over 8400 pics in total, is being curated by Kipp Teague, who founded it since 1999.

“Around 2004, Johnson Space Center began re-scanning the original Apollo Hasseelblad camera film magazines, and Eric Jones and I began obtaining TIFF (uncompressed, high-resolution) versions of these new scans on DVD,” Teague tells The Planetary Society. “These images were processed for inclusion on our websites, including adjusting color and brightness levels, and reducing the images in size to about 1000 dpi (dots per inch) for the high-resolution versions.” Because there was so much demand for higher-resolution versions, Teague decided to reprocess the entire set and upload them to Flickr magazine by magazine.

[NOTE: These are **not** the best-resolution versions available on the archive]

Teague hopes to further expand the archive to 13,000 by the end of this week –but you can start looking for the wires on the lunar landing’s movie set right now!

  1. 1000dpi
    Damn, they got their Adobe Photoshop working over time don’t they? The file size as TIFF form and that high dpi must have been like 500MB each! Thank God for upload limits or they would break Flickr! Even with my 8GB RAM it would take a month to load one image 😛

    No matter how many images they load, no amount of common sense can penetrate the thick facade of tinfoil they are up against – to the point Jericho is jealous.

    1. Pixels vs Perception
      Agreed. Now, perhaps people will think differently of NASA once they have private competition sending images of the Moon and/or other planets –but THOSE pics get proprietary restrictions 😉

  2. Tinfoil thickness
    Look, I definitely believed we went to the moon, I heard lots of different conspiracies, the people putting them forward all seemed a bit silly.

    If you can read this series of posts and still believe we went to the moon, I have nothing else to offer. But, as a mechanical engineer, the points hold up. I honestly feel a little silly for believing in the Apollo program as long as I did:

    1. Kubrick’s movie “The Shining”
      Kubrick’s movie “The Shining” was stating obliquely that the first mission was faked but that the rest weren’t. The question then becomes for me: Was Kubrick pulling our leg or not?

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