Nasa has released over 8,400 images taken by Apollo astronauts on lunar missions on Flickr in ultra-high resolution.
You may have seen many of these images before in their grainy, low-detail format. But viewing the same images in ultra-high definition with every crater, dust and speck of the moon visible with naked eye is going to an enjoyable experience.
Nasa had equipped the astronauts with Hasselblad cameras and the images captured through them were preserved and digitized. These images will now serve as an online reference source and repository of digital images pertaining to the historic manned lunar landing program.
“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,” Kipp Teague, who runs the Project Apollo Archive, told a space magazine.
“These images were processed for inclusion on our websites, including adjusting color and brightness levels, and reducing the images in size to about 1000 dpi (dots per inch) for the high-resolution versions,” added Teague.
Here are some selected images from the archive.