Apollo 11 Photography Online
NASA hosts a wide range of photography taken during the Apollo 11 mission, an archive proving popular on the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing. NASA has included a set of online resources: LRO images from the Lunar landing sites, a link to the NASA/Google virtual exploration of the moon, restored videos from the moonwalk, real t-ime replay of mission audio, newly released spacecraft audio, an exploration of the landing site and Eagle, a Flickr gallery of anniversary events and so on.
This photograph of Earthrise over the lunar horizon was taken from the orbiting Command Module. The lunar terrain shown is in the area of Smyth’s Sea. (NASA photo ID AS11-44-6552)
Buzz Aldrin posed for this picture next to the U.S. flag. The rod to hold the flag out horizontally would not extend fully, so the flag ended up with a slight waviness, giving the appearance of being windblown. The flag itself was difficult to erect as it was very hard to penetrate beyond about 6 to 8 inches into the lunar soil. (NASA Photo ID AS11-40-5875)
Neil Armstrong took this picture of Edwin Aldrin, showing a reflection in Aldrin’s visor of Armstrong and the Lunar Module. This is one of the few photographs showing Armstrong (who carried the camera most of the time) on the Moon. (NASA photo ID AS11-40-5903)
Most of the photographs taken on the moon were taken by Neil Armstrong, who wore on his suit a Hasselblad 500EL camera outfitted with a Zeiss Biogon f-5.6/60 mm lens and 70mm Kodak film that was thin-based and thin emulsion double-perforated. The 500EL Data Camera used on the Moon was modified with a special silver finish to boost the hardware’s ability to withstand extreme thermal variations. The Data Camera also featured a glass Reseau plate, which produced a 5×5 grid of little crosses you can still see on the image. NASA used the markings to help account for film distortion and calculate the angular distance(s) between specific points in the image.
This photograph shows Neil Armstrong’s face through his space suit visor as he walks across the lunar surface. The image was captured in video footage by the movie camera mounted on the Eagle lunar lander. The image was retrieved by Spacecraft Films, an Ohio-based specialist in historical space footage, and was included in the newly published book, Voices from the Moon, by author Andrew Chaikin.