You’ve seen the iconic images of the first manned moon landing. Now, marvel at these recently-recovered, very first photographs of the lunar surface!
Before Neil Armstrong and his legendary crew made history as the first men on the moon, NASA sent a few unmanned missions there to help determine the appropriate landing sites for the Apollo program. Each of these spacecrafts housed a custom built 70mm Kodak camera which took photographs of the surface of the moon and then beamed them back to Earth. A number of these photographs were made public soon after, but the rest remained hidden, away from the public eye, until today.
“Extraterrestrial” is the third part to the ongoing “The Invisible Photograph” series by the Hilman Photography Initiative of the Carnegie Museum of Art. The 21-minute long video documents the entire process of recovering the photographs from the tapes from all five lunar missions during the late ’60s, just shortly before Apollo 11 landed in 1969. The story was pieced together through interviews with individuals from the small team that made up the Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project (LOIRP) led by Dennis Wingo and Keith Cowing, as well as archive footage that explained the purpose of the unmanned lunar missions.
Watch the entire video below:
All information in this article were sourced from “The Invisible Photograph” series by the Hilman Photography Initiative of the Carnegie Museum of Art.