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Map of Matrimony on Mercators projection shewing to timid lovers the orbit of affection to the true haven of conjugal happiness.

Map of Matrimony on Mercators projection shewing to timid lovers the o...

In upper margin: Puzzle : the second expedition of the Vessel Pinta. Reproduced in: An atlas of fantasy / compiled by J.B. Post. Rev. ed. New York : Ballantine Books, 1979. Available also through the Library of... more

Flotasjonsanlegget på Kongens gruve på Røros

Flotasjonsanlegget på Kongens gruve på Røros

Flotasjonsanlegget på Kongens gruve på Røros

Luna 1

Luna 1

Description: Luna 1 was the first spacecraft to reach the Moon, and the first of a series of Soviet automatic interplanetary stations successfully launched in the direction of the Moon. The spacecraft was spher... more

Delta 174 Launch

Delta 174 Launch

The Delta launch vehicle family started development in 1959. The Delta was composed of parts from the Thor, an intermediate-range ballistic missile, as its first stage, and the Vanguard as its second. The first... more

Juno II (AM-11) launch vehicle

Juno II (AM-11) launch vehicle

The launch of Juno II (AM-14), carrying the lunar and planetary exploration satellite in orbit, Pioneer IV, on March 3, 1959. the Pioneer IV probe was the first U.S. satellite to orbit the Sun.

A long-lost spacesuit recently uncovered

A long-lost spacesuit recently uncovered

Description: KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - This locker reveals a long-lost spacesuit recently uncovered at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida. A recent venture into a long-locked room at CCA... more

Syncom, the First Geosynchronous Satellite

Syncom, the First Geosynchronous Satellite

By 1960, Hughes, RCA and ATT were urging NASA to develop a different type of communications satellite. Hughes believed that geosynchronous satellites, which orbit Earth 22,300 miles (35,900 km) above the ground... more

Inflation Test of 135 Ft Satellite In Weeksville, NC

Inflation Test of 135 Ft Satellite In Weeksville, NC

Description: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration 100-foot-diameter satellite, designed by the Space Vehicle Group of the NASA Langley Research Center and constructed by General Mills of Minneapoli... more

Unloading Atlas Launch Vehicle

Unloading Atlas Launch Vehicle

(April 23, 1961) The Atlas launch vehicle is shown being unloaded at Cape Canaveral, Florida. This vehicle was expected to launch a Mercury spacecraft (without any astronauts aboard), built by McDonnell Aircraf... more

Chimpanzee Enos

Chimpanzee Enos

Date December 18, 1961.Description: Chimpanzee Enos pictured wearing a space suit and wrist tethers...Enos became the first chimp to orbit the earth on November 29, 1961, aboard a Mercury Atlas rocket. Althoug... more

Chimpanzee Enos in a Space Suit

Chimpanzee Enos in a Space Suit

Date December 18, 1961.Description: Chimpanzee Enos pictured wearing a space suit and lying in his flight couch as a handler holds his hands. He is being prepared for insertion into the Mercury-Atlas 5 capsule... more

Meet Chimpanzee Enos

Meet Chimpanzee Enos

Date December 21, 1961 .Description: Chimpanzee Enos with handler before Mercury-Atlas 5 flight...Enos became the first chimp to orbit the earth on November 29, 1961, aboard a Mercury Atlas rocket. Although the... more

Mercury-Atlas Test Launch

Mercury-Atlas Test Launch

(April 25, 1961) A NASA Project Mercury spacecraft was test launched at 11:15 AM EST on April 25, 1961 from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in a test designed to qualify the Mercury Spacecraft and all systems, which m... more

Photograph of the West African Coast from the First Unmanned Mercury Spacecraft

Photograph of the West African Coast from the First Unmanned Mercury S...

Original caption: The first unmanned Mercury Spacecraft to orbit the earth photographs the West African Coast. From the Strait of Gibraltar to Cabo Yubi, Morocco. Cloud cover hangs close to the coastal area an... more

John C. Houbolt

John C. Houbolt

(July 24, 1962) John C. Houbolt at blackboard, showing his space rendezvous concept for lunar landings. Lunar Orbital Rendezvous (LOR) would be used in the Apollo program. Although Houbolt did not invent the id... more

Bevatron injector - wire orbit magnet IQ prototype, Don Nelson, electronic engineer. Photograph taken August 6, 1962. Bevatron-2842 – Photographer: George Kagawa

Bevatron injector - wire orbit magnet IQ prototype, Don Nelson, electr...

Digital Preservation File Name and Format: 434-LB-6-XBD201303-02088.TIF Photographs Documenting Scientists, Special Events, and Nuclear Research Facilities, Instruments, and Projects at the Berkeley Lab

Mars 1

Mars 1

Description: (November 1, 1962) Mars 1 was an automatic interplanetary station launched in the direction of Mars, with the intent of flying by the planet at a distance of about 11,000 km. It was designed to ima... more

Bevatron injector - wire orbit magnet IQ prototype, Don Nelson, electronic engineer, right. Photograph taken August 6, 1962. Bevatron-2841 – Photographer: George Kagawa

Bevatron injector - wire orbit magnet IQ prototype, Don Nelson, electr...

Digital Preservation File Name and Format: 434-LB-6-XBD201303-02087.TIF Photographs Documenting Scientists, Special Events, and Nuclear Research Facilities, Instruments, and Projects at the Berkeley Lab

[Television screen showing depiction of John Glenn in the Friendship 7 space capsule, looking at the control panel during his orbit around earth on February 20, 1962]

[Television screen showing depiction of John Glenn in the Friendship 7...

Title devised by Library staff. Contact sheet folder caption: "Glenn shot round the world 3 times on television, MST, 2/20/62." U.S. News & World Report Magazine Photograph Collection. Contact sheet available f... more

Astronaut John Glenn During His First Orbit in Friendship 7

Astronaut John Glenn During His First Orbit in Friendship 7

(February 20, 1962) A weightless applesauce tube floats free following a snack by astronaut John Glenn in the course of his first orbit during the Mercury "Friendship 7" mission on February 20, 1962...Image # :... more

John Glenn enters his Friendship 7 capsule

John Glenn enters his Friendship 7 capsule

(February 20, 1962) Project Mercury astronaut John H. Glenn, Jr. enters his Mercury Friendship 7 capsule before launch on February 20, 1962. At 9:47 a.m. (EST), his Atlas launch vehicle lifted him into orbit fo... more

Friendship 7

Friendship 7

(February 20, 1962) On February 20, 1962 at 9:47 am EST, John Glenn launched from Cape Canaveral's Launch Complex 14 to become the first American to orbit the Earth. In this image, Glenn enters his Friendship 7... more

[Television screen showing depiction of panel with a circular device, over which is written "Glenn's Voice", during John Glenn's orbit around earth in the Friendship 7 space capsule on February 20, 1962]

[Television screen showing depiction of panel with a circular device, ...

Title devised by Library staff. Contact sheet folder caption: "Glenn shot round the world 3 times on television, MST, 2/20/62." U.S. News & World Report Magazine Photograph Collection. Contact sheet available f... more

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Astronaut John H. Glenn Jr. enters his Mercury capsule, "Friendship 7," as he prepares for launch of the Mercury-Atlas rocket. On February 20, 1962, Glenn lifted off into space aboard his Mercury Atlas 6 MA-6 rocket and became the first American to orbit the Earth. After orbiting the Earth 3 times, Friendship 7 landed in the Atlantic Ocean 4 hours, 55 minutes and 23 seconds later, just East of Grand Turk Island in the Bahamas. Glenn and his capsule were recovered by the Navy Destroyer Noa, 21 minutes after splashdown.      Photo credit: NASA KSC-S63-01207

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Astronaut John H. Glenn Jr. enters his Mercury...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Astronaut John H. Glenn Jr. enters his Mercury capsule, "Friendship 7," as he prepares for launch of the Mercury-Atlas rocket. On February 20, 1962, Glenn lifted off into space aboard hi... more

Mercury Project Friendship 7

Mercury Project Friendship 7

The launch of the MA-6, Friendship 7, on February 20, 1962. Boosted by the Mercury-Atlas vehicle, a modified Atlas Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM), Friendship 7 was the first U.S. marned orbital fligh... more

The Apollo 16 Command Module splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on April 27, 1972 after an 11-day moon exploration mission. The 3-man crew is shown here aboard the rescue ship, USS Horton. From left to right are: Mission Commander John W. Young, Lunar Module pilot Charles M. Duke, and Command Module pilot Thomas K. Mattingly II. The sixth manned lunar landing mission, the Apollo 16 (SA-511) lifted off on April 16, 1972. The Apollo 16 mission continued the broad-scale geological, geochemical, and geophysical mapping of the Moon’s crust, begun by the Apollo 15, from lunar orbit. This mission marked the first use of the Moon as an astronomical observatory by using the ultraviolet camera/spectrograph which photographed ultraviolet light emitted by Earth and other celestial objects. The Lunar Roving Vehicle, developed by the Marshall Space Flight Center, was also used. n/a

The Apollo 16 Command Module splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on Apr...

The Apollo 16 Command Module splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on April 27, 1972 after an 11-day moon exploration mission. The 3-man crew is shown here aboard the rescue ship, USS Horton. From left to right ar... more

Photograph of Aurora 7 Lifting Off

Photograph of Aurora 7 Lifting Off

Original caption: CAPE CANAVERAL - Moment of liftoff. Astronaut Malcolm Scott Carpenter inside the Aurora 7 spacecraft atop the Atlas booster seconds after leaving Pad 14 at Cape Canaveral. Carpenter became the... more

Photograph of Liftoff of Aurora 7 Spacecraft

Photograph of Liftoff of Aurora 7 Spacecraft

Original caption: Cape Canaveral, Fla. - Moment of liftoff. Astronaut M. Scott Carpenter inside the Aurora 7 spacecraft atop the Atlas booster seconds after leaving Pad 14 at Cape Canaveral. Carpenter became th... more

Photograph of Astronaut John H. Glenn Listening to Communications with Astronaut Malcolm Scott Carpenter during the Aurora 7 Flight

Photograph of Astronaut John H. Glenn Listening to Communications with...

Original caption: CAPE CANAVERAL - Astronaut John H. Glenn, first American to orbit the earth, listens in on the voice communications of fellow Astronaut Malcolm Scott Carpenter. Carpenter successfully complete... more

Photograph of the USS Robinson Moving into Position to Recover Astronaut Malcolm Scott Carpenter and Aurora 7

Photograph of the USS Robinson Moving into Position to Recover Astrona...

Original caption: CAPE CANAVERAL - The USS Robinson (DD 562) steams into position in the Atlantic Ocean to take part in the recovery of Astronaut Malcolm Scott Carpenter and spacecraft Aurora7. The U.S. second ... more

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- An Atlas launch vehicle lifts off with the Mercury spacecraft Sigma 7 atop with astronaut Walter M. Schirra Jr. aboard. The fifth American into space and the third to orbit the Earth plans to circle the globe six time prior to a planned splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. Photo Credit: NASA KSC-62PC-0078

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- An Atlas launch vehicle lifts off with the Mer...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- An Atlas launch vehicle lifts off with the Mercury spacecraft Sigma 7 atop with astronaut Walter M. Schirra Jr. aboard. The fifth American into space and the third to orbit the Earth pla... more

Horizon photo of Western horizon over South America - sixth orbit pass

Horizon photo of Western horizon over South America - sixth orbit pass...

S62-06607 (3 Oct. 1962) --- Western horizon over South America taken during the sixth orbit pass of the Mercury-Atlas 8 (MA-8) mission by astronaut Walter M. Schirra Jr. with a hand-held camera. Photo credit: NASA

Cloud formation over South America - fifth orbit pass

Cloud formation over South America - fifth orbit pass

S62-06612 (3 Oct. 1962) --- Cloud formation over South America taken during the fifth orbit pass of the Mercury-Atlas 8 (MA-8) mission by astronaut Walter M. Schirra Jr. with a hand-held camera. Photo credit: NASA

Horizon photo of Western horizon over South America - sixth orbit pass

Horizon photo of Western horizon over South America - sixth orbit pass...

S62-06604 (3 Oct. 1962) --- Western horizon over South America taken during the sixth orbit pass of the Mercury-Atlas 8 (MA-8) mission by astronaut Walter M. Schirra Jr. with a hand-held camera. Photo credit: NASA

Tibetan Plateau photographed during MA-9 22 orbit

Tibetan Plateau photographed during MA-9 22 orbit

S63-06440 (15-16 May 1963) --- View of the Tibetan Plateau in north-central Tibet, as photographed from the Mercury-Atlas 9 (MA-9) capsule by astronaut L. Gordon Cooper Jr., during his 22-orbit MA-9 spaceflight... more

Southern portion of Taiwan photographed during MA-9 22 orbit

Southern portion of Taiwan photographed during MA-9 22 orbit

S63-06437 (15-16 May 1963) --- The southern portion of the island of Taiwan (Formosa), Formosa Straight and the Pacific Ocean, looking northeast, as photographed from the Mercury-Atlas 9 (MA-9) capsule by astro... more

Photograph taken Eastern Himalayas during MA-9 22 orbit

Photograph taken Eastern Himalayas during MA-9 22 orbit

S63-06429 (15-16 May 1963) --- Photograph taken of the eastern Himalayas, Tibet, China, India and Burma from the Mercury-Atlas 9 capsule taken by astronaut L. Gordon Cooper Jr., during his 22-orbit Mercury-Atla... more

Photograph taken south of Hawaii during MA-9 22 orbit

Photograph taken south of Hawaii during MA-9 22 orbit

S63-06428 (15-16 May 1963) --- Photograph taken south of Hawaii near 12N. 166W, by astronaut L. Gordon Cooper Jr., during his 22-orbit Mercury-Atlas 9 (MA-9) spaceflight. Photo credit: NASA

East-looking view across Atlantic waters during MA-9 22 orbit

East-looking view across Atlantic waters during MA-9 22 orbit

S63-06434 (15-16 May 1963) --- East looking view across Atlantic waters toward Africa, showing Mauritania and Spanish Sahara photographed from the Mercury-Atlas 9 (MA-9) capsule by astronaut L. Gordon Cooper Jr... more

Changsha area showing Tung Ting Lake region photographed during MA-9 22 orbit

Changsha area showing Tung Ting Lake region photographed during MA-9 2...

S63-06438 (15-16 May 1963) --- Changsha area in China, showing Tung Ting lake region, as photographed from the Mercury-Atlas 9 (MA-9) capsule by astronaut L. Gordon Cooper Jr., during his 22-orbit MA-9 spacefli... more

Diagrams of Spacecraft Responses to Orbit Attitude Control Thrust

Diagrams of Spacecraft Responses to Orbit Attitude Control Thrust

S64-03507 (1964) --- Diagrams shows Gemini spacecraft responses to orbital attitude systems's thrusters. Firing of appropriate combination of the thrusters cause pitch, roll and yaw.

Pegasus, meteoroid detection satellite  - Saturn Apollo Program

Pegasus, meteoroid detection satellite - Saturn Apollo Program

In this photograph, the Pegasus, meteoroid detection satellite is installed in its specially modified Apollo service module atop the S-IV stage (second stage) of a Saturn I vehicle for the SA-9 mission at Cape ... more

CAPE KENNEDY, Fla. -- At Cape Kennedy Air Force Station in Florida, Gemini 3 pilot John W. Young is followed by command pilot Virgil I. Grissom as they walk to elevator at Launch Complex 19 for their three orbit flight, the first mission of the Gemini spacecraft. Photo Credit: NASA KSC-65-4922

CAPE KENNEDY, Fla. -- At Cape Kennedy Air Force Station in Florida, Ge...

CAPE KENNEDY, Fla. -- At Cape Kennedy Air Force Station in Florida, Gemini 3 pilot John W. Young is followed by command pilot Virgil I. Grissom as they walk to elevator at Launch Complex 19 for their three orbi... more

The World's First View of Earth

The World's First View of Earth

Description (October 1, 1966) The world's first view of the Earth taken by a spacecraft from the vicinity of the Moon. The photo was transmitted to Earth by the United States Lunar Orbiter I and recieved at the... more

Orbit and Launch Facility Concept

Orbit and Launch Facility Concept

This is a concept drawing of an orbit and launch facility. It was to use a nuclear SNAP-II nuclear power supply on the end of the long telescoping boom. Nuclear reactors were considered dangerous, which is why ... more

First View of Earth from Moon

First View of Earth from Moon

Description: The world's first view of Earth taken by a spacecraft from the vicinity of the Moon. The photo was transmitted to Earth by the United States Lunar Orbiter I and received at the NASA tracking statio... more

Saturn V S-IVB (third) stage - Saturn Apollo Program

Saturn V S-IVB (third) stage - Saturn Apollo Program

This cutaway illustration shows the Saturn V S-IVB (third) stage with the callouts of its major components. When the S-II (second) stage of the powerful Saturn V rocket burnt out and was separated the remaining... more

AS-209 (Apollo-Soyuz test project backup vehicle)

AS-209 (Apollo-Soyuz test project backup vehicle)

This is a view of the Saturn V S-IVB (third) stage for the AS-209 (Apollo-Soyuz test project backup vehicle) on a transporter in the right foreground, and the S-IVB stage for AS-504 (Apollo 9 mission) being ins... more

Saturn V S-IVB (third) stage - Saturn Apollo Program

Saturn V S-IVB (third) stage - Saturn Apollo Program

After the S-II (second) stage dropped away, the S-IVB (third) stage ignited and burned for about two minutes to place itself and the Apollo spacecraft into the desired Earth orbit. At the proper time during thi... more

Saturn Apollo Program Michael Collins

Saturn Apollo Program Michael Collins

This is the official NASA portrait of astronaut Michael Collins. Collins chose an Air Force career following graduation from West Point. He served as an experimental flight test officer at the Air Force Flight ... more

Workmen at the Kennedy Space Center position the nose cone for the 204LM-1, an unmanned Apollo mission that tested the Apollo Lunar Module (LM) in Earth orbit. Also known as Apollo 5, the spacecraft was launched on the fourth Saturn IBC launch vehicle. Developed by the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) as an interim vehicle in MSFC's "building block" approach to the Saturn rocket development, the Saturn IBC utilized Saturn I technology to further develop and refine a larger booster and the Apollo spacecraft capabilities required for the manned lunar missions. n/a

Workmen at the Kennedy Space Center position the nose cone for the 204...

Workmen at the Kennedy Space Center position the nose cone for the 204LM-1, an unmanned Apollo mission that tested the Apollo Lunar Module (LM) in Earth orbit. Also known as Apollo 5, the spacecraft was launche... more

Workmen at the Kennedy Space Center hoist the Saturn Lunar Module (LM) Adapter into position during assembly of the 204LM-1, an unmanned Apollo mission that tested the Apollo Lunar Module in Earth orbit. Also known as Apollo 5, the spacecraft was launched on the fourth Saturn IB launch vehicle. Developed by the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) as an interim vehicle in MSFC's "building block" approach to the Saturn rocket development, the Saturn IB utilized Saturn I technology to further develop and refine a larger booster and the Apollo spacecraft capabilities required for the manned lunar missions. n/a

Workmen at the Kennedy Space Center hoist the Saturn Lunar Module (LM)...

Workmen at the Kennedy Space Center hoist the Saturn Lunar Module (LM) Adapter into position during assembly of the 204LM-1, an unmanned Apollo mission that tested the Apollo Lunar Module in Earth orbit. Also k... more

Workmen at the Kennedy Space Center position the nose cone for the 204LM-1, an unmanned Apollo mission that tested the Apollo Lunar Module (LM) in Earth orbit. Also known as Apollo 5, the spacecraft was launched on the fourth Saturn IBC launch vehicle. Developed by the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) as an interim vehicle in MSFC's "building block" approach to the Saturn rocket development, the Saturn IBC utilized Saturn I technology to further develop and refine a larger booster and the Apollo spacecraft capabilities required for the manned lunar missions. n/a

Workmen at the Kennedy Space Center position the nose cone for the 204...

Workmen at the Kennedy Space Center position the nose cone for the 204LM-1, an unmanned Apollo mission that tested the Apollo Lunar Module (LM) in Earth orbit. Also known as Apollo 5, the spacecraft was launche... more

Prime crew photographed during Apollo 7 mission

Prime crew photographed during Apollo 7 mission

Description: (October 14, 1968) Astronaut Walter M. Schirra Jr., Apollo 7 commander, is photographed during the Apollo 7 mission (1582); Astronaut Donn F. Eisele, Apollo 7 command module pilot, is photographed ... more

Waving Apollo 8 Astronauts Leaving Recovery Helicopter

Waving Apollo 8 Astronauts Leaving Recovery Helicopter

Full Description: (December 27, 1968) Apollo 8 served as the first manned lunar orbit mission. Liftoff occurred on December 21, 1968, carrying a three man crew consisting of astronauts Frank Borman, commander; ... more

Saturn V S-IVB (third) stage for the Apollo 10 - Saturn Apollo Program

Saturn V S-IVB (third) stage for the Apollo 10 - Saturn Apollo Program

This image depicts the Saturn V S-IVB (third) stage for the Apollo 10 mission being removed from the Beta Test Stand 1 after its acceptance test at the Douglas Aircraft Company's Sacramento Test Operations (SAC... more

[Diagram demonstrating Kepler's first two laws of planetary motion using orbit of Mars around the sun, topped by figure on chariot depicting "Victorius astronomy,"; and surrounding text]

[Diagram demonstrating Kepler's first two laws of planetary motion usi...

Illus. and text in: Astronomia nova /Johann Kepler. Prague : 1609, p. 286. Published in: The tradition of science / Leonard C. Bruno. Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress, 1987, p. 34.

Apollo 8

Apollo 8

Launch- December 21, 1968 .Landing- December 27, 1968.Astronauts- Frank Borman, William A. Anders and James A. Lovell Jr..Apollo 8 was the first mission to orbit the moon, making Borman, Anders and Lovell the f... more

Apollo V - Liftoff - Cape

Apollo V - Liftoff - Cape

S68-19460 (22 Jan. 1968) --- The Apollo 5 (LM-1/Saturn 204) unmanned space mission was launched from the Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 37 at 5:48:09 p.m. (EST), Jan. 22, 1968. The Lunar Module-1 payload... more

Apollo V - Liftoff - Cape

Apollo V - Liftoff - Cape

S68-19459 (22 Jan. 1968) --- The Apollo 5 (LM-1/Saturn 204) unmanned space mission was launched from the Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 37 at 5:48:09 p.m. (EST), Jan. 22, 1968. The Lunar Module-1 payload... more

The Apollo 8 Crew: James Lovell, William Anders, and Frank Borman

The Apollo 8 Crew: James Lovell, William Anders, and Frank Borman

The Apollo 8 Crew included (L to R) James Lovell, Command Module (CM) pilot; William Anders, Lunar Module (LM) Pilot; and Frank Borman, Commander. The first manned Apollo mission launched aboard the Saturn V an... more

Apollo 8 Crew (L to R) Frank Borman, William Anders, and James Lovell

Apollo 8 Crew (L to R) Frank Borman, William Anders, and James Lovell

The Apollo 8 Crew (L to R) Frank Borman, commander; William Anders, Lunar Module (LM) Pilot; and James Lovell, Command Module (CM) pilot pose in front of the Apollo mission simulator during training. The three ... more

Art Concepts - Apollo VIII

Art Concepts - Apollo VIII

S68-51302 (December 1968) --- North American Rockwell artist's concept illustrating a phase of the Apollo 8 lunar orbit mission. Here, after 20 hours of lunar orbit, Apollo 8 astronauts start the 20,500-pound t... more

Apollo 8 astronaut William Anders, in the Apollo 8 mission countdown demonstration test

Apollo 8 astronaut William Anders, in the Apollo 8 mission countdown d...

Apollo 8 astronaut William Anders, Lunar Module (LM) pilot, is suited up for the Apollo 8 mission countdown demonstration test. The first manned Apollo mission launched aboard the Saturn V and first manned Apol... more

Launch of Apollo 8 lunar orbit mission

Launch of Apollo 8 lunar orbit mission

S68-56001 (21 Dec. 1968) --- The Apollo 8 (Spacecraft 103/Saturn 503) space vehicle is launched from Pad A, Launch Complex 39, Kennedy Space Center, at 7:51 a.m. (EST), Dec. 21, 1968. The crew of the Apollo 8 l... more

The first manned Apollo mission - Apollo 8 - Saturn Apollo Program

The first manned Apollo mission - Apollo 8 - Saturn Apollo Program

Apollo 8 Astronauts William Anders, Lunar Module (LM) Pilot; James Lovell, Command Module (CM) pilot; and Frank Borman, commander, transfer to the astronaut van for the trip to the launch pad. The first manned ... more

Apollo 8 Astronaut William Anders

Apollo 8 Astronaut William Anders

Apollo 8 Astronaut William Anders, Lunar Module (LM) pilot of the first manned Saturn V space flight into Lunar orbit, accepted a phone call from the U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson prior to launch. Anders, al... more

Launch of Apollo 8 lunar orbit mission

Launch of Apollo 8 lunar orbit mission

S68-56050 (21 Dec. 1968)--- The Apollo 8 (Spacecraft 103/Saturn 503) space vehicle is launched from Pad A, Launch Complex 39, Kennedy Space Center (KSC), at 7:51 a.m. (EST), Dec. 21, 1968. The crew of the Apoll... more

Apollo 8 crew members Frank Borman, commander; James Lovell, Command Module (CM) pilot; and William Anders

Apollo 8 crew members Frank Borman, commander; James Lovell, Command M...

Pictured (left to right) are Apollo 8 crew members Frank Borman, commander; James Lovell, Command Module (CM) pilot; and William Anders, Lunar Module (LM) pilot, having breakfast on the day of launch. The thre... more

Apollo 8 Astronaut James Lovell

Apollo 8 Astronaut James Lovell

Apollo 8 Astronaut James Lovell, Command Module (CM) pilot of the first manned Saturn V space flight into Lunar orbit, accepted a phone call from the U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson prior to launch. Lovell, al... more

Apollo 8 - Launch Control Center at Kennedy Space Center

Apollo 8 - Launch Control Center at Kennedy Space Center

This photograph depicts a busy Launch Control Center at Kennedy Space Center during the Apollo 8 mission launch activities. Apollo 8 served as the first manned lunar orbit mission. Liftoff occurred on December ... more

Apollo 8 Astronaut Frank Borman

Apollo 8 Astronaut Frank Borman

Apollo 8 Astronaut Frank Borman, commander of the first manned Saturn V space flight into Lunar orbit, accepted a phone call from the U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson prior to launch. Borman, along with astrona... more

Apollo 8 Astronaut William Anders

Apollo 8 Astronaut William Anders

Apollo 8 Astronaut William Anders, Lunar Module (LM) pilot, adjusts his helmet as he suits up for the Apollo 8 mission. The first manned Apollo mission launched aboard the Saturn V and first manned Apollo craft... more

Apollo 8 served as the first manned lunar orbit mission

Apollo 8 served as the first manned lunar orbit mission

Apollo 8 served as the first manned lunar orbit mission. Liftoff occurred on December 21, 1968, carrying a three man crew consisting of astronauts Frank Borman, commander; William Anders, Lunar Module (LM) Pilo... more

South Polar Cap of Mars as seen by Mariners 9 & 7

South Polar Cap of Mars as seen by Mariners 9 & 7

(August 1969) This mosaic of Mariner 9 frames (top), taken during the first orbit, shows the remnants of the south polar cap of Mars dimly through the great dust storm. Mariner 7 photographed the same area in A... more

Eagle In Lunar Orbit

Eagle In Lunar Orbit

(July 20, 1969) The Apollo 11 Lunar Module (LM) "Eagle", in a landing configuration is photographed in lunar orbit from the Command and Service Modules (CSM) "Columbia". Inside the LM were Commander, Neil A. Ar... more

Apollo 11 Lunar Module ascent stage photographed from Command Module

Apollo 11 Lunar Module ascent stage photographed from Command Module

Description (July 21, 1969) The Apollo 11 Lunar Module ascent stage, with Astronauts Neil A. Armstrong and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. aboard, is photographed from the Command and Service Modules in lunar orbit. This v... more

Recovery- Apollo 9

Recovery- Apollo 9

S69-27469 (13 March 1969) --- U.S. Navy helicopter crewmembers assist the Apollo 9 astronauts during recovery operations just after splashdown. Astronaut James A. McDivitt, mission commander, is in the Billy Pu... more

LUNAR LANDING - ART CONCEPT

LUNAR LANDING - ART CONCEPT

S69-33765 (12 May 1969) --- Artist's concept depicting the firing of the Apollo 10 Lunar Module descent engine for 42 seconds to propel "Snoopy" back into a higher lunar orbit for rendezvous and docking with th... more

Cutaway view of the Command/Service modules of Apollo 10 lunar orbit mission

Cutaway view of the Command/Service modules of Apollo 10 lunar orbit m...

S69-34072 (May 1969) --- Artist's drawing illustrating a cutaway view of the Command and Service Modules of the Apollo 10 lunar orbit mission. Arrows point to various components and features of the CSM.

AS11-42-6220 - Apollo 11 - Apollo 11 Mission image - TO 67, partial coverage south of Mare Crisium

AS11-42-6220 - Apollo 11 - Apollo 11 Mission image - TO 67, partial co...

The original database describes this as: Description: View of Moon,Target of Opportunity (TO) 67 and partial coverage south of Mare Crisium. TO 67 is the south rim of Crisium Basin, comparison with other basin... more

AS11-42-6212 - Apollo 11 - Apollo 11 Mission image - TO 66, partial coverage southeast of the Sea of Crisis

AS11-42-6212 - Apollo 11 - Apollo 11 Mission image - TO 66, partial co...

The original database describes this as: Description: View of Moon,Target of Opportunity (TO) 66 and partial coverage southeast of the Sea of Crisis. TO 66 is the east rim of Crisium Basin,comparison with othe... more

AS11-42-6213 - Apollo 11 - Apollo 11 Mission image - TO 66, partial coverage southeast of the Sea of Crisis

AS11-42-6213 - Apollo 11 - Apollo 11 Mission image - TO 66, partial co...

The original database describes this as: Description: View of Moon,Target of Opportunity (TO) 66 and partial coverage southeast of the Sea of Crisis. TO 66 is the east rim of Crisium Basin,comparison with othe... more

AS11-42-6231 - Apollo 11 - Apollo 11 Mission image - TO 67, partial coverage, area south of Mare Crisium

AS11-42-6231 - Apollo 11 - Apollo 11 Mission image - TO 67, partial co...

The original database describes this as: Description: View of Moon,Target of Opportunity (TO) 67,partial coverage,area south of Mare Crisium. TO 67 is the south rim of Crisium Basin,comparison with other basin... more

AS11-42-6214 - Apollo 11 - Apollo 11 Mission image - TO 67, partial coverage south of Mare Crisium

AS11-42-6214 - Apollo 11 - Apollo 11 Mission image - TO 67, partial co...

The original database describes this as: Description: View of Moon,Target of Opportunity (TO) 67 and partial coverage south of Mare Crisium. TO 67 is the south rim of Crisium Basin, comparison with other basin... more

AS11-42-6211 - Apollo 11 - Apollo 11 Mission image - TO 66, partial coverage southeast of the Sea of Crisis

AS11-42-6211 - Apollo 11 - Apollo 11 Mission image - TO 66, partial co...

The original database describes this as: Description: View of Moon,Target of Opportunity (TO) 66 and partial coverage southeast of the Sea of Crisis. TO 66 is the east rim of Crisium Basin,comparison with othe... more

AS11-42-6230 - Apollo 11 - Apollo 11 Mission image - TO 67, partial coverage, area south of Mare Crisium

AS11-42-6230 - Apollo 11 - Apollo 11 Mission image - TO 67, partial co...

The original database describes this as: Description: View of Moon, Target of Opportunity (TO) 67, partial coverage, area south of Mare Crisium. TO 67 is the south rim of Crisium Basin, comparison with other b... more

AS11-42-6215 - Apollo 11 - Apollo 11 Mission image - TO 66, partial coverage southeast of Mare Crisium

AS11-42-6215 - Apollo 11 - Apollo 11 Mission image - TO 66, partial co...

The original database describes this as: Description: View of Moon,Target of Opportunity (TO) 66 and partial coverage southeast of Mare Crisium. TO 66 is the east rim of Crisium Basin,comparison with other bas... more

AS11-42-6209 - Apollo 11 - Apollo 11 Mission image - TO 66, partial coverage southeast of the Sea of Crisis

AS11-42-6209 - Apollo 11 - Apollo 11 Mission image - TO 66, partial co...

The original database describes this as: Description: View of Moon, Target of Opportunity (TO) 66 and partial coverage southeast of the Sea of Crisis. TO 66 is the east rim of Crisium Basin, comparison with ot... more

AS11-42-6232 - Apollo 11 - Apollo 11 Mission image - TO 67, partial coverage, area south of Mare Crisium

AS11-42-6232 - Apollo 11 - Apollo 11 Mission image - TO 67, partial co...

The original database describes this as: Description: View of Moon,Target of Opportunity (TO) 67,partial coverage,area south of Mare Crisium. TO 67 is the south rim of Crisium Basin,comparison with other basin... more

AS11-42-6210 - Apollo 11 - Apollo 11 Mission image - TO 66, partial coverage southeast of the Sea of Crisis

AS11-42-6210 - Apollo 11 - Apollo 11 Mission image - TO 66, partial co...

The original database describes this as: Description: View of Moon,Target of Opportunity (TO) 66 and partial coverage southeast of the Sea of Crisis. TO 66 is the east rim of Crisium Basin,comparison with othe... more

Apollo 11 - Saturn Apollo Program

Apollo 11 - Saturn Apollo Program

The Apollo 11 mission launched from the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida via the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) developed Saturn V launch vehicle on July 16, 1969 and safely returned to Earth on July ... more

The astronauts enter the spacecraft. After launch and Saturn V first-stage burnout and jettison, the S-II second stage ignites. The crew checks spacecraft systems in Earth orbit before the S-IVB third stage ignites the second time to send Apollo 11 to the Moon KSC-69-h-960

The astronauts enter the spacecraft. After launch and Saturn V first-s...

The astronauts enter the spacecraft. After launch and Saturn V first-stage burnout and jettison, the S-II second stage ignites. The crew checks spacecraft systems in Earth orbit before the S-IVB third stage ign... more

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The Apollo 11 Saturn V space vehicle climbs toward orbit after liftoff from Pad 39A at 9:32 a.m. EDT.  In two-and-a-half minutes of powered flight, the S-IC booster lifts the vehicle to an altitude of about 39 miles approximately 55 miles downrange.  This photo was taken with a 70-mm telescopic camera mounted in an Air force EC-135N plane.  Onboard are astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr.   During the planned eight-day mission, Armstrong and Aldrin will descend in a Lunar Module (LM) to the Moon's surface while Collins orbits overhead in the Command Module. The two astronauts are to spend 22 hours on the Moon, including two-and-one-half hours outside the LM. They will gather samples of lunar material and will deploy scientific experiments that will transmit data about the lunar environment.  They will rejoin Collins in the Command Module for the return trip to Earth. KSC-69PC-413

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The Apollo 11 Saturn V space vehicle clim...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The Apollo 11 Saturn V space vehicle climbs toward orbit after liftoff from Pad 39A at 9:32 a.m. EDT. In two-and-a-half minutes of powered flight, the S-IC booster lifts the vehicl... more

Oblique view of lunar farside photographed from orbit looking southwest

Oblique view of lunar farside photographed from orbit looking southwes...

AS11-44-6609 (16-24 July 1969) --- An oblique of the Crater Daedalus on the lunar farside as seen from the Apollo 11 spacecraft in lunar orbit. The view looks southwest. Daedalus (formerly referred to as I.A.U.... more