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Remastered Apollo mission photos are simply out of this world

Half a century after the last person walked on the moon, original images have been digitally revised to show NASA’s lunar missions in a new light

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September 7, 2022

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THESE are the Apollo moon missions like you’ve never seen them before. Taken from the new book Apollo remastered by Andy Saundersthese illuminating images have been produced by enhancing original material to reveal new details of NASA’s forays in the 1960s and 1970s.

The program is best known for placing the first humans on the moon in 1969 during the Apollo 11 mission, although it involved a total of 14 missions covering everything from testing technology to collecting lunar samples. Saunders, who specializes in digital restoration for NASA, created the new high-definition images from scans of about 35,000 originals kept in a frozen vault in Houston.

The crater surface of the moon is exposed in the panoramic top photo taken during the Apollo 16 mission in 1972 and featuring astronaut Charlie Duke, the youngest person to walk on the lunar surface at age 36.

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The image above shows NASA astronaut Rusty Schweickart during the Apollo 9 mission in 1969, with the Apollo spacecraft and Earth reflected in his crosshairs.

The image below shows cue maps created by Apollo 8 astronaut Bill Anders to document the upcoming mission of testing the spacecraft in lunar orbit.

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And below is a shot of Apollo 9 commander James McDivitt performing the first docking (or merging) of two manned spacecraft. Saunders writes that this is the only photo of an Apollo astronaut in full suit and bubble helmet in flight. The reflections of the earth and the docking window can be seen on McDivitt’s helmet.

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Article changed on September 8, 2022

We corrected who is shown in the image of the Apollo 9 mission in 1969, and the name of Bill Anders

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