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Scenes from the Apollo 16 mission, April 1972.

Behold the ultimate Christmas ornaments, the Earth and Moon seen from the Apollo 8 spacecraft during its yuletide lunar odyssey, December 21-27, 1968.


NASA’s vomit comet in flight.

50 YEARS AGO TODAY: Apollo 8 blasts off from Cape Canaveral on December 21, 1968. It was the first human mission to reach the Moon.

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 14, 1972 – The Copernicus crater and Stadius Rille formation on the Moon, as seen from the orbiting Apollo 17 command module. (NASA)


TODAY IN HISTORY: Scenes from the Apollo 17 moon mission, which began December 7, 1972 when astronauts Gene Cernan, Ron Evans, and Jack Schmitt roared off the launch pad at Cape Canaveral.

The original Mercury Seven astronauts try on the latest in space fashion.

July 21, 1981 – Planet Saturn, along with moons Rhea and Dione, photographed by the Voyager 2 probe. The original caption from the 1982 NASA book Voyages to Saturn: “The rings of Saturn appeared much brighter to Voyager 2 than to Voyager 1 because of increasing solar illumination during the nine-month interval between encounters. On July 21, from a distance of 34 million kilometers, several prominent cloud features were already visible–evidence of increased activity in the atmosphere of Saturn, as well as of a more sensitive camera on the Voyager 2 spacecraft.“ (NASA)

Space selfie by Robert Satcher, November 19, 2009.