It’s important to remember that, even with all of the incredible images and data coming in from the robotic missions at work around our solar system every day, humans have yet to venture further than our own Moon. Which is no mean feat in itself…traveling the 240,000-mile journey there and then back is not for the fainthearted, nor is the work environment forgiving. Still, the Moon is the only other world people have set foot upon, and this not again since the Apollo 17 mission in December of 1972. How far we’ve come, but how far we have yet to go.
The Apollo Archive contains hundreds of photos taken during the Moon missions…many in surprisingly high resolution, scanned from the original Hasselblad film magazines by Kipp Teague. In these days of cheap, disposable technology it’s easy to forget the feats of engineering, invention and bravery that made the Apollo program happen, but it still stands as the pinnacle of human exploration and outreach. On occasion I’ll post a photo from one of the missions here, as a reminder that our own Moon holds unique beauty all its own and deserves attention just as much as any more exotic satellite. (More so, perhaps, considering its proposed origin…)
“In my own view, the important achievement of Apollo was a demonstration that humanity is not forever chained to this planet, and our visions go rather further than that, and our opportunities are unlimited.”
— Neil Armstrong, July 1999.
Image credit: NASA (and thanks Max!)