Above is original photography scanned from ‘To The Moon’, an audio and visual chronology from Time-Life that documents NASA’s Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo projects. What I think is really amazing about these photos is how they highlight the analog nature of the space program in the 60’s. With no access to fancy computers or technology, they relied on elaborate test rigs and practical scientific testing to explore space. I often wonder how they could achieve so much with seemingly meager resources, and today, we are having trouble getting back to the Moon (and Mars seems farther away than ever) with all of our powerful computers and technology… I really hope to see a “To Mars” series sometime in my lifetime.
You can learn more about these pictures and others from this terrific post on Sci-Fi-O-Rama.