Category: december 17

BLURRY BUT BEAUTIFUL – On December 17, 1965, astronauts aboard the Gemini 7 capsule snapped photos of the Earth as they zoomed through space. Some of those images came out less than perfect, but still with an accidental beauty. (NASA/ASU)

December 17, 1968 – The Apollo 8 “space vehicle” on Pad A, Launch Complex 39, at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The spacecraft-rocket stack was in  a “prelaunch alert-mobile service structure pull back.”

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December 17, 1965: Images of Earth captured by the astronauts of Gemini 7 as their spaceship raced around the planet.

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December 17, 1903: The Wright brothers make the first powered flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. (New York Public Library)

December 17, 1972 – Beautiful shots of the Moon captured by the astronauts of Apollo 17 as their command module began the voyage back to Earth.

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December 17, 1972 – Snoozing Apollo 17 astronauts on the journey back to Earth. No need for cryo-sleep on a short 238,900-mile trip.

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45 YEARS AGO TODAY: Behold the magnificent desolation of the Moon on December 17, 1972, as seen from the Apollo 17 command module as it made the journey back to Earth.

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December 17, 1972 — Apollo 17 astronaut Ron Evans takes a spacewalk outside the command module during the trans-Earth coast to home. He is retrieving film cassettes, a mapping camera, and panoramic camera. The total time for his EVA was one hour, seven minutes, 18 seconds. (NASA)

December 17, 1965 – Stunning images of Earth captured by the astronauts of Gemini 7 as their craft raced around the planet.

(NASA/ASU)

ASTRONAUTS, THEY’RE JUST LIKE US! – It’s December 17, 1972. Here we have three true men of danger: Apollo 17 astronauts Ron Evans, Gene Cernan, and Jack Schmitt. They’ve rocketed into the airless expanse of space. They’ve journeyed hundreds of thousands of miles. They’ve walked on the Moon. Whoa! But these men, they’re not gods. They still have do the same mundane things we all have to do. That includes brushing your teeth, cleaning your fingernails, and shaving off the Moon beard.

(NASA)