Thousands of Nasa Apollo mission photos released

Iconic images uploaded online

Thousands of Apollo Moon Landing Photos Released

Images have been released that are literally out of this world.

More than 8,000 photographs of Nasa's Apollo missions were uploaded to Flickr this week. They were taken across all manned Apollo missions between 1961 and 1972.

And in just a few days, a Facebook page featuring the photos got more than 18,000 likes. Another 5,000 are expected to be uploaded this week.

The photos were taken by Apollo astronauts with chest mounted Hasselblad cameras while on their lunar landing journeys, reports the New York Daily News.

The breathtaking images range from Earth and moon orbits to iconic shots of moonwalks. Additional photos include shots of the modules and astronauts on Earth before making their historic trips to the moon.

Archiving process took over 15 years

Kipp Teague, an information technology director from Lynchburg College is responsible for archiving the process, which began in 1999.

"The Project Apollo Archive serves as an online reference source and repository of digital images pertaining to the historic manned lunar landing program," according to Teague on Facebook.

The project is a supplement to Eric Jones' Apollo Lunar Surface Journal, which is a written account of every lunar mission.

"Around 2004, Johnson Space Center began re-scanning the original Apollo Hasseelblad camera film magazines, and Eric Jones and I began obtaining TIFF (uncompressed, high-resolution) versions of these new scans on DVD," Teague told The Planetary Society.

Since then, Teague reprocessed the images into a higher resolution for the public to enjoy.

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