Photographs taken during the Apollo program now on Flickr

Thousands of (more than 9600) photos taken by the astronauts during the Apollo Program (1966-1972) now on the popular image and video hosting website Flickr. Network and administrative data systems specialist and Project Apollo Archive‘s creator Kipp Teague recently updated new and unprocessed versions of original NASA photo scans to the image sharing site.

You can see all the archive on the Project Apollo Archive page on Flickr. The photos are taken by the Sweden-made “Hasselblad” cameras from the Earth, from the Lunar orbit and on the surface of the Moon by astronauts with their chest-mounted cameras.

AS17-152-23274 Apollo 17 Hasselblad image
AS17-152-23274 Apollo 17 Hasselblad image from film magazine 152/PP – Lunar orbit, Transearth coast, SIM Bay EVA / film retrieval. The crescent Earth rises above the lunar horizon in this spectacular photograph taken from the Apollo 17 spacecraft in lunar orbit during National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) final lunar landing mission in the Apollo program. While astronauts Eugene A. Cernan, commander, and Harrison H. Schmitt, lunar module pilot, descended in the Lunar Module (LM) “Challenger” to explore the Taurus-Littrow region of the moon, astronaut Ronald E. Evans, command module pilot, remained with the Command and Service Modules (CSM) “America” in lunar orbit.

The Apollo program (1966-1972), also known as Project Apollo, was the third United States human spaceflight program (the first two were the Project Mercury, between 1958 and 1963 and the Project Gemini, between 1961 and 1966) carried out by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), which accomplished landing the first humans on the Moon from 1969 to 1972. The first manned flight of Apollo was in 1968.

Victor Hasselblad AB is a Swedish manufacturer of medium-format cameras and photographic equipment based in Gothenburg, Sweden. The company is best known for the medium-format cameras it has produced since World War II. Perhaps the most famous use of the Hasselblad camera was during the Apollo program missions when humans first landed on the Moon. Almost all of the still photographs taken during these missions used modified Hasselblad cameras. Hasselblad’s traditional V-System cameras remain widely used by professional and serious amateur photographers. One reason is a reputation for long service life and quality of available lenses. Their newer H-System cameras are market leaders, competing with Sinar, Mamiya and others in the medium-format digital camera market.

Kipp Teague in 1999
Kipp Teague in 1999

Kipp Teague is a native of Lynchburg, Virginia, where he is currently employed by Lynchburg College as a network and administrative data systems specialist. An alumnus of the University of Virginia, Mr. Teague also has a wide variety of personal interests, which are well-represented on his RetroWeb site, which he hopes you will visit. The site features Teague’s Apollo retrospective Contact Light, which includes a superb collection of high-resolution Apollo images and film clips.

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