Someone published thousands of photos of historic US space missions — here are some amazing ones

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You may think you’ve seen photos of the moon landing before, but you haven’t like this.

The 9,200 high-resolution images posted to the Project Apollo Archive were taken during every manned mission to the moon, both on the way there and back.

These aren’t just photos of the moon’s surface either. The entire film reels were uploaded so you can see the blurry outtakes along with some candid shots of astronauts shaving while onboard.

Scrolling through the photos, it feels like watching someone else’s vacation – but this one just takes place on a spaceship.

The project’s lead, Kipp Teague, told The Planetary Society that the collection includes every single photo taken on the moon’s surface, along with those from the voyage there and back. His Apollo Archives project uploaded the unprocessed versions of the original NASA scans into Flickr albums organized by mission.

We’ve selected a few of our favorites from each mission, but it’s worth checking out the entire collection on Flickr.


Apollo 17: Lunar rides are always fun.

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Apollo 17: Even astronauts need a shave during a long trip.

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Apollo 17: Commander Eugene Cernan, left, with lunar module pilot Harrison Schmitt.

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Apollo 17: The hills on the moon were created by giant meteor impacts.


Apollo 17: Some of those moon rocks are pretty big!


Apollo 17: The footprints and rover tracks on the Moon will remain there until either a meteor impact wipes them out or the solar wind slowly erases them over thousands of years.


Apollo 17: Astronauts have to eat, too.


Apollo 17: One of the first sunrise photos taken from space. The sunlight illuminates Earth’s brilliant blue atmosphere.


Apollo 16: Experiments in space

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Apollo 16: A family photo on the moon’s surface.

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Apollo 15: Taking the lunar rover out for a ride.

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Apollo 15: A crystal-clear view of Earth floating in space. Apollo astronauts are the only humans in history to have traveled deep enough into space to see this first-hand.


Apollo 14: Rocks on the moon.

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Apollo 13 — This view of the damaged Apollo 13 Service Module was photographed from the command module. It was damaged after an oxygen tank exploded.

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Apollo 12 — A sliver of Earth is visible over the edge of the moon.

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Apollo 12: This American flag stands motionless on the surface because the moon has no atmosphere and, therefore, no wind.


Apollo 12: Gold foil reflects sunlight more efficiently than aluminum or silver, which kept the spacecraft from overheating.


Apollo 11: One of the iconic photos of Buzz Aldrin.

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Apollo 11: The lunar module carrying Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin descends to the moon as Earth sets on the lunar horizon.


Apollo 11: Stepping down onto the moon for the first time.

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Apollo 11: Exploration.

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Apollo 10: Earth rising.

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Apollo 10: The lunar module “Snoopy” makes its way toward the command module “Charlie Brown.” Apollo 10 was second manned mission to orbit Earth and its tests enabled the first moon landing by the Apollo 11 crew.


Apollo 9: One of two spacewalks on Apollo 9.

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Apollo 9: There he is climbing out of the spacecraft for an EVA. Earth’s in the background.


Apollo 8: Several photos of the moon in Apollo 8’s collection show it in bright vibrant colors, including red and blue.

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Apollo 8: A spectacular close-up of the moon’s cratered surface taken while in lunar orbit.


Apollo 7: Orbiting Earth.

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Apollo 7: Crew member protects his eyes with sunglasses.