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Project Apollo Archive captures the golden age of space exploration

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Buzz Aldrin pictured on the surface of the Moon
Buzz Aldrin pictured on the surface of the Moon
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Buzz Aldrin pictured on the surface of the Moon
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Buzz Aldrin pictured on the surface of the Moon
Lunar Module pilot Walter Cunningham, imaged during the Apollo 7 mission
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Lunar Module pilot Walter Cunningham, imaged during the Apollo 7 mission
Image of the plaque on the landing strut of the Apollo 11 lunar lander
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Image of the plaque on the landing strut of the Apollo 11 lunar lander
The Apollo 11 Eagle ascent stage returning to the command module Columbia after a successful landing
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The Apollo 11 Eagle ascent stage returning to the command module Columbia after a successful landing
The Earth pictured above the lunar landscape during the Apollo 11 mission
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The Earth pictured above the lunar landscape during the Apollo 11 mission
Image of planet Earth taken from the ill fated Apollo 13 spacecraft
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Image of planet Earth taken from the ill fated Apollo 13 spacecraft
Commander, Eugene A. Cernan (left) and Lunar Module pilot, Harrison H. Schmitt, the last men to walk on the Moon, imaged during the Apollo 17 mission
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Commander, Eugene A. Cernan (left) and Lunar Module pilot, Harrison H. Schmitt, the last men to walk on the Moon, imaged during the Apollo 17 mission
Lunar Module pilot Harrison Schmitt taking care of life's little details during the Apollo 17 mission
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Lunar Module pilot Harrison Schmitt taking care of life's little details during the Apollo 17 mission
Instrumentation aboard Apollo 17 module
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Instrumentation aboard Apollo 17 module
Apollo 17 mission
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Apollo 17 mission
First footprints - Apollo 11, 1969
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First footprints - Apollo 11, 1969
Eugene Cernan during the Apollo 17 mission
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Eugene Cernan during the Apollo 17 mission
Apollo 17 astronauts spent 3 days on the Lunar surface
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Apollo 17 astronauts spent 3 days on the Lunar surface
The Apollo 17 mission in 1972 was the last time man has set foot on the Moon
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The Apollo 17 mission in 1972 was the last time man has set foot on the Moon
Apollo 17 - a wild ride!
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Apollo 17 - a wild ride!
Lander detail - Apollo 14
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Lander detail - Apollo 14
Apollo 17 mission
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Apollo 17 mission
Among the last human footprints on the moon - Apollo 17
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Among the last human footprints on the moon - Apollo 17
Lunar rover during the Apollo 15 mission
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Lunar rover during the Apollo 15 mission
On the surface of the Moon - Apollo 12
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On the surface of the Moon - Apollo 12
Apollo 9 Lunar module test flight
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Apollo 9 Lunar module test flight
Apollo 9 - Earth orbit
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Apollo 9 - Earth orbit
Earthrise from Apollo 10
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Earthrise from Apollo 10
Looking back home - Apollo 10
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Looking back home - Apollo 10
View from aboard Apollo 17
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View from aboard Apollo 17
Apollo 15 Mission in lunar orbit
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Apollo 15 Mission in lunar orbit
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Thousands of images snapped by Apollo era astronauts during their missions have been made available via the Flickr gallery of the Project Apollo Archive (PAA). The images, supplied by NASA, allow viewers to take a journey through the golden age of manned space exploration.

Geopoliticalmotivations aside, the achievements and the spirit of explorationthat accompanied the Apollo era of exploration have resonatedas an inspiration for generations to follow.

Apollo 17 - a wild ride!
Apollo 17 - a wild ride!

Complied by Kipp Teague, the high-resolution shots are presented in their raw, unprocessed format, as captured by the Hasselblad cameras carried aboard the Apollo spacecraft. Some processed film images have also been used.

The images document some of the most significant moments in space exploration, including orbital maneuvers during the first manned mission, Apollo 7, and the now legendary scenes of the late great Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin making history on the surface of the Moon. Others document the some of the rarely considered aspects of space travel.

Lunar Module pilot Harrison Schmitt taking care of life's little details during the Apollo 17 mission
Lunar Module pilot Harrison Schmitt taking care of life's little details during the Apollo 17 mission

The gallery culminates with shots from the final mission of the program, Apollo 17. Sadly, we have yet to return to the lunar surface.

We've included some of our favorite images in the gallery. The full collection can beviewed online via the Project Apollo Archive on Flickr.

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