The photographic heritage of the Nasa: The sensational images of the lunar missions

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“We have decided to fly in this decade to the moon and to do other things – not because it is easy, but because it is hard, because that goal will serve to organize the Best of our energies and skills, and to measure, because the challenge is one that we want to ask ourselves…,” said President John F. Kennedy in September 1962, in his famous speech in the Football Stadium of Rice University in Houston, Texas.

His words in front of 40,000 spectators were advertising for the Apollo program, whose goal is the manned moon landing was. As the preparation were collected in the framework of the Gemini program’s first experience with space walks, the Navigation in space, and Rendezvous maneuvers.

A month after the Kennedy speech, the Astronaut Wally Schirra took his One-man flight a Hasselblad camera in the orbit, and photographed through the small window in the Mercury capsule to the home planet.

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convinced to Return to the earth, his snapshots of Nasa, both the scientists as well as the PR. Because the results of the 6×6 camera were not only high resolution, but in Sweden, produced a photo of the machines were compact, robust and easy to use – without a complicated exchange of the roll films: The Magazine could, even with gloves switch.

the Hasselblad module from the 1960s onwards the cameras to the basic equipment of the space missions. The widespread photos of the Apollo 11 Mission, when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin as first people on the 20. July 1969 walked on the moon, have been documented by Hasselblad cameras.

More than 200 images from this eventful Era of the conquest of space selected for the picture book, “moon shots – The awakening to the moon – the ultimate photo chronicle of Nasa”, which is now published by National Geographic.

On the following pages of the photo gallery we show some of the pictures.

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