Sunday, May 31, 2009
THE VIEW FROM ABOVE
One of the less glamorous parts of the Apollo lunar missions was orbital photography. While the moonwalkers were down on the moon, captivating millions with their exploits, the lone orbiting astronaut would continue his ongoing task of mapping the lunar surface. Here we see a reference chart from Apollo 17, carefully mapping out each photo returned from space. The level of detail is exquisite, and the artwork meticulous.
WELCOME TO THE FUTURE, CIRCA 1969
Welcome to the Missions to the Moon book blog. This is a place to re-live the heady days of the Apollo and Soyuz lunar programs- perhaps the crowning achievements of the 20th Century. Many blog entries will include a new downloadable image or artifact from the space age- items rarely seen and not available in print. It's all in the spirit of my newest book, Missions to the Moon- to remember the great adventure of the Golden Age of space exploration, and ponder what wonders await us in space.
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