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Extremely high-res outtakes from Apollo 11’s 1969 moon landing

Johnny Simon

The first human set foot on the moon 49 years ago on July 20, 1969, when Neil Armstrong emerged from the Apollo 11 lander.

Along with the footage that was broadcast live on television, iconic images of the lunar expedition come from still photos the astronauts took themselves on a Hasselblad camera. The photos provide exceedingly crisp depictions of the lunar surface, the astronauts’ equipment and candid shots of the explorers themselves.



The Project Apollo Archive, a passion project of space enthusiast Kipp Teague, published extremely high-resolution scans of film provided by NASA. Included in these images are classic shots of the Apollo crew on the moon’s surface and quieter moments inside the vehicles that carried them.

Included as well are less meticulously composed, almost accidental-looking images taken by the astronauts over the course of their mission.

The off-kilter composition and the in-between moments remind you that beneath the layers of their impermeable spacesuits, there were actually humans walking on the moon.

moon_landing_00014 An astronaut's boot, on the surface of the moon. NASA/Project Apollo Archive An astronaut's boot, on the surface of the moon. moon_landing_00006 Neil Armstrong, inside the lunar module. NASA/Project Apollo Archive Neil Armstrong, inside the lunar module. 21710480391_395eb0ec83_k The lunar module, after being jettisoned. NASA/Project Apollo Archive The lunar module, after being jettisoned. moon_landing_00004 Even a skilled NASA astronaut and mess up the focus one in awhile. NASA/Project Apollo Archive Even a skilled astronaut can mess up the focus once in awhile. 21078348844_bcf4bb1b1a_k A view of Earth. NASA/Project Apollo Archive A view of Earth. 21513446070_3b1d8c4d12_k Inside the Apollo 11 during the translunar coast towards the moon. NASA/Project Apollo Archive Inside the Apollo 11 command module during the translunar coast towards the moon. moon_landing_00016 Buzz Aldrin exiting the lunar module. NASA/Project Apollo Archive Buzz Aldrin exiting the lunar module. moon_landing_00015 Buzz Aldrin exiting the lunar module. NASA/Project Apollo Archive Aldrin on first steps of ladder. moon_landing_00018 A view of the lunar module. A view of the ladder on the lunar module. moon_landing_00017 A view of the lunar module. One leg of the lunar module. moon_landing_00008 The iconic American flag in the left on the lunar surface, from a slightly askew angle. NASA/Project Apollo Archive The American flag left on the lunar surface. moon_landing_00013 A view of Neil Armstrong on the moon. NASA/Project Apollo Archive A view of Neil Armstrong on the moon. moon_landing_00007 The surface of the moon. NASA/Project Apollo Archive A view of the lunar horizon. moon_landing_00010 Carrying instruments on the moon. NASA/Project Apollo Archive Carrying instruments. moon_landing_00011 Earth, seen from the surface of the moon. NASA/Project Apollo Archive Earth, seen from the surface of the moon.

 

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