Category: apollo program

Inside the firing room at Cape Canaveral during an Apollo 12 launch test, October 29, 1969.

Dave Scott in the open hatch of the Apollo 9 command module, March 6, 1969.

February 4, 1970 – At Cape Canaveral, Apollo 13 astronaut Jim Lovell trains for a moonwalk he’ll never make.

When @nasa considered a scooter for the Moon.

(NASA History Office)

The view from Apollo 11, July 16-24, 1969.


Looking out the window during the Apollo 8 mission, December 1968.

Pages from The Moon Christmas Coloring Book, 1970.

(Dreams of Space)

How would Santa Claus deliver presents to a spaceship at the Moon? Apollo 8 astronauts discuss the matter with mission control, December 24, 1968.

Gerald Carr (Houston): Santa Claus struck last night before I came in here on the shift, and I guess we will finish off the unwrapping this morning when I get back.
Jim Lovell: Right. He was looking for a chimney on (spacecraft) 103 here, but he didn’t see any.
Carr: (Laughter.) You could have left the hatch unlocked for him.
Lovell: I’ll think about that one.
Carr: Think real hard, Jim. EECOM says he could have slid down the steam duct.
Lovell: Sounds good. About that time, Bill would have been boiling water.

In a message from space on December 24, 1968, Apollo 8 astronauts read verses from the Book of Genesis, and mission commander Frank Borman closes with Christmas greetings to “all of you on the good Earth.”

The magnificent desolation of the Moon on December 17, 1972, seen from the Apollo 17 command module as it made the journey back to Earth.