Apollo astronauts were fantastic photographers, here’s the proof

Friday, 10 March, 2017

Photo by John Young, Apollo 16

Apollo astronauts weren’t just heroes, they were fantastic photographers. So believes Dutch designer Simon Phillipson, and that’s not something I’m going to argue with.

To make his point, Phillipson has collected two hundred and twenty five photos, taken by thirty three NASA astronauts, during the Apollo Moon flights, and published them in a book, Apollo VII – XVII, that he wrote with Floris Heyne, Joel Meter, and Delano Steenmeijer.

See a selection of photos from the book here.

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Sounds like, you know, outer-space type music

Wednesday, 24 February, 2016

Is it true that Apollo astronauts, while orbiting the far side of the Moon, and cut off from radio communication with Earth, could hear a mysterious sort of space music? How weird then, can things be around the dark side?

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The Apollo flights in stop motion animation

Wednesday, 28 October, 2015

This is fantastic, photos from Kipp Teague’s Project Apollo Archive have been used to make a stop motion animation, by Vimeo member harrisonicus.

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13,000 NASA photos from the Apollo Moon flights

Wednesday, 14 October, 2015

Photo via Project Apollo Archive

I was wondering why a post I wrote five years ago, linking to Kipp Teague’s Project Apollo Archive, was suddenly picking up hits again, when I learned that NASA had handed over some thirteen thousand photos taken during the crewed Apollo missions, between 1961 and 1972, to Teague, who has since posted them to Flickr.

Apparently the US space agency no longer has the budget to publish the images – hopefully that money has gone towards the Mars project – but made the right choice finding someone who would. A great resource for anyone writing about, or researching, the Apollo Moon flights.

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On the Moon you can’t sleep much, that’s ok, you don’t need much

Tuesday, 28 July, 2015

It sounds as if a good night’s sleep was a forlorn hope for Apollo astronauts when it came time for some shut-eye, especially in what would probably have been the middle of the Lunar day.

Hammocks slung across the confines of the cramped Lunar Module don’t sound all that comfortable, to say nothing of the constant noise that the craft’s various mechanical, and life support systems, would have been making.

On the flip side though, it seems like the Apollo crews on the Moon’s surface didn’t need a full “night” of sleep anyway, on account of the reduced gravity environment, this according to Jack Schmitt of Apollo 17:

“One-sixth gravity is a very pleasant sleeping environment with just enough pressure on your back in those hammocks to feel like you’re on something but not enough to ever get uncomfortable,” Schmitt told the Apollo Lunar Surface Journal. “I slept but my impression was that I only needed about five hours sleep to feel rested whereas ordinarily on Earth at that time I usually felt that I could use seven. But I think that’s related mainly to the lower gravity environment. You just don’t get physically as fatigued as you would on Earth.”

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The greatest space flight hacks to date

Thursday, 14 August, 2014

Photo by NASA

We all know that the Apollo 13 Moon mission was essentially one long space flight hack that returned the crew safely home, but there have been other instances of space missions going awry for one reason or another, even if the problems have not been of quite the same severity.

In April 1985, nine months before the Challenger disaster, the crew of Space Shuttle Discovery deployed the satellite Leasat-3. With the shuttle doors open, it drifted away. But within minutes it was clear that something was wrong: the satellite’s antennae had failed to deploy. Rather than abandon the $85m satellite, the crew set to work putting together a less-than-sophisticated device that could be used to poke the satellite to activate a lever on its side. Dubbed the “fly swatter”, this improvised space stick was constructed using clear plastic covers from spacecraft manuals, sticky tape and a metal pole.

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Fly yourself to the Moon? Apollo’s Guidance Computer simulator

Thursday, 12 December, 2013

An in browser simulation of the Apollo Guidance Computer. Could you fly this vehicle to the Moon? Careful now, it looks deceptively simple… it’s enough to make me think the craft will blow up if I press the wrong button.

Be sure to read through the launch checklist for the Saturn V rocket before switching anything on though.

You’ll need JavaScript enabled to try out the console.

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As it happened, the crew of Apollo 11 lands on the Moon

Monday, 22 April, 2013

A blow by blow, radio transmission by radio transmission, reliving of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.

Be sure both left and right sound channels are on, at the same volume, etc, as the Apollo crew’s messages come through the left channel, mission control’s on the right.

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To the Moon and back with Apollo 11 in one hundred seconds

Friday, 5 April, 2013

The flight of Apollo 11 to the Moon and back in just one hundred seconds.

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By a lake in Flagstaff, Arizona, the fields of the Moon

Friday, 1 February, 2013

Photos of a purpose created area that stimulated the lunar surface, at Cinder Lake near Flagstaff in Arizona, where Apollo astronauts trained, and tested equipment they would use on the Moon.

Hopefully not more fodder for those who still think the Moon landings were faked…

Via Coudal Partners.

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