Nov 23, 2007

Moon Mission in Pictures

A photo post on the Apollo Moon Missions. The Apollo program was a human spaceflight program undertaken by NASA during the years 1961 – 1975 with the goal of conducting manned moon landing missions. President John F. Kennedy announced this goal in 1961, and it was accomplished on July 20, 1969 by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin during the Apollo 11 mission. Five other Apollo missions also landed astronauts on the Moon, the last one in 1972. These six Apollo spaceflights are the only times humans have landed on another world.

After lifting off from the Moon's surface, the Apollo 11 lunar module approaches its orbiting "mothership", ahead of the return journey to Earth.

Apollo 11's Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin poses for a picture in the Moon's Sea of Tranquility. The mission's commander Neil Armstrong took the picture with a 70mm camera.

This black and white screenshot from a TV camera mounted on the Apollo 11 lander captures the moment Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the Moon.

Spectators watch from the press site at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, as Apollo 11 launches atop the massive Saturn V rocket on 16 July 1969.

Apollo 8 was the first manned mission to orbit the Moon, and the first to witness the spectacular sight of Earth rising over the lunar surface.

Geologist-turned-astronaut Harrison Schmitt is dwarfed by a huge boulder called Tracy's Rock during the third moonwalk of the Apollo 17 mission.

Eugene A Cernan, commander of the Apollo 17 mission, took the Lunar Roving Vehicle for a ride across the Moon's Taurus-Littrow region in 1972.

The Apollo 11 astronauts were welcomed home after their successful mission in a ticker tape parade described as the biggest in New York's history.

After splashing down in the Pacific, the Apollo 11 astronauts were placed in a mobile quarantine facility - a precaution against "lunar bugs". The Moon turned out to be devoid of life. Link


Rainer said...

These are actually excellent pictures. I like the compilation!

I am blogging about the new moon program. You may give my site a try at

NASA moon program

I personally think this time it will get at least as interesting as in the 60's.


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