I’m an astronaut, not a photographer: Outtakes from Apollo 11 Moon landing reveal the out of focus and embarrassing shots from the historic mission that NASA didn’t want you to see
- Never-before-seen images from the Apollo 11 moon landing have emerged 49 years after it occurred
- The scans, provided by NASA, were uploaded by self-proclaimed space enthusiast Kipp Teague to his site Project Apollo Archive on Flickr
- They feature behind-the-scenes moments from the mission completed in July 1969 by Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins
- Some of the photos seem candid, such as Armstrong inside the module, and some are out-of-focus including one of a flag on the moon’s surface
Outtakes from the historic Apollo 11 moon landing have emerged 49 years after it occurred.
Provided by NASA to the Project Apollo Archive, a project of self-proclaimed space enthusiast Kipp Teague, the images are sometimes not focused, others times look like accidental captures.
Teague, who has made scans of the images and published them to Flickr, has some of the most well-known photographs on his site including the astronauts’ boot prints on the moon and collecting various soil samples and rocks.
However, the new images provide readers with a behind-the-scenes, detailed view of the eight-day journey.
The set of photos include one of the astronaut’s boots, Neil Armstrong sitting inside the lunar module and an out-of-focus shot of the US flag planted on the moon.
The high-resolution images were taken by the three astronauts – Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins – along with the broadcast feed that was watched by 600 million people around the world when it occurred on July 20, 1969.
Armstrong was famously the first between him and Aldrin, because Collins never left the Command Module, to set foot onto the lunar surface and uttered: ‘That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.’
It was the end of the space race between the US and the Soviet Union and the completion of President John F Kennedy’s 1961 declaration ‘before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth.’
Aside from a US flag and some instruments, the team left behind a plaque that reads: ‘Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon, July 1969 A.D. We came in peace for all mankind’ along with the signatures of the astronauts and President Richard Nixon.
One of the astronaut’s boots steps on the lunar surface, leaving a footprint behind, on the Apollo 11 mission
Commander Neil Armstrong inside the lunar module ahead of making history by being the first man to walk on the moon
An out-of-focus shot of the flag that the explorers planted on the moon, effectively ending the space race between the US and the Soviet Union
The Lunar Module carrying Armstrong and Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin is separated from the Command Module, carrying Michael Collins, and makes its way to the moon
Aldrin slips his sunglasses into his arm pocket as he and Armstrong make their way to the moon in the Lunar Module
Aldrin is pictured descending from the Lunar Module onto the moon’s surface becoming the second man to walk the moon
The Earth’s atmosphere as seen on July 16, 1969. The swirling clouds are the tail end of Hurricane Bernice in the Pacific
The command module is seen from the lunar model in this photo taken from above
The high-resolution images were taken by the three astronauts – Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins
Mission apparatus is seen in this photograph which has emerged 49 years after the moon landing happened
Provided by NASA to the Project Apollo Archive, a project of self-proclaimed space enthusiast Kipp Teague, the images are sometimes not focused or look like accidental captures
As well as these images taken by the astronauts, there was also a broadcast feed that was watched by 600 million people around the world when it occurred on July 20, 1969
Command Module Pilot Michael Collins, who never left his outpost, is seen as the group makes its way to the moon
Neil Armstrong is pictured inside the lunar module in this blurry photograph from the historic Apollo 11 moon landing
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Aldrin carries scientific equipment across the moon’s surface to conduct seismic experiments and collect samples
The new images provide readers with a behind-the-scenes, detailed view of the eight-day journey
One of the astronauts fiddles with something in the Lunar Module while an American flag is planted behind him
The Earth as seen more than 200,000 miles way from the Command Module heading towards the moon
Aldrin conducts experiments on the moon. The astronauts brought home 50 rocks, samples of lunar soil and tubes containing material dug as far as 13 centimeters below surface of the moon
The surface of the moon, which Armstrong described a ‘very fine-grained’ and ‘almost like a powder’
One of the feet of the Lunar Module. In all, Armstrong and Aldrin spent 21 hours on the surface before rejoining Collins
The entire journey lasted eight days and was the completion of President John F Kennedy’s 1961 declaration ‘before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth’
A close-up of the plaque left behind the astronauts, which reads: ‘Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon July 1969, A.D. We came in peace for all mankind’ along with the signatures of the astronauts and President Richard Nixon
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