Celebrate NASA’s 60th birthday with these vintage photos from space
One small step for a man and his camera, one giant leap for photography.
Sixty years ago NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics) officially became NASA (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration) and the early days of the space race began. The Apollo program launched a few years later in 1961 and was designed to get a human being to the moon and bring them back home safely.
These missions to the moon resulted in tons of advances for the scientific community, but they also brought back some amazing imagery. Bill Anders ‘Earthrise’ photograph, which was snapped during Apollo 8, became one of the most iconic images ever taken, but there are plenty of other awe-inspiring images that were taken during these trips. The Project Apollo Archive collects them all in one place and features images taken during all eleven of the manned-Apollo missions.
The archive is extensive and it includes a lot of images that in this day and age would be considered throwaway frames. A number of them are underexposed and out of focus, but if you are willing to dig you can find some incredible vintage shots from space: like the frames where you can see modified Hasselblad cameras strapped to the chests of astronauts.
Check out the gallery below to see some of our favorite frames from this massive archive.