Images of the Week: NASA Digital Images

This week I’m highlighting new digital images transferred from NASA that will soon be available in our research room and eventually uploaded into OPA. The four series, 255-AMP, ASTP, STS, and GRC, cover digital surrogates created from the original still film from the Apollo missions, the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, and the Shuttle missions. In addition, there is a large collection of born-digital photography from the Shuttle program as well as digital surrogates of activities and personnel at NASA’s Glenn Research Center. All together, the four series consist of approximately 700,000 photographs.

Local Identifier: 255-AMP-as11-37-5528, “Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, Apollo 11 Commander inside the Lunar Module (LM) as it rests on the lunar surface after completion of the Extravehicular Activities (EVA).” 

Local Identifier: 255-AMP-as11-40-5948, “Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin, Lunar Module (LM) pilot, stands beside the Passive Seismic Experiments Package (PSEP).  The Laser Ranging Retro Reflector (LRRR), U.S. Flag, television camera and the Apollo Lunar Surface Close-up Camera (ALSCC) and LM are visible also. Image taken at Tranquility Base during the Apollo 11 Mission.” 

Local Identifier: 255-AMP-as11-44-6626, “View of the Moon limb, Lunar Module during ascent. Crater 199 on right edge and Target of Opportunity (TO) 55. Crater 199 is officially named Saenger. TO 55 is a small bright Copernican crater, color, aging and historical comparison. Image was taken during the Apollo 11 Mission.” 

Local Identifier: 255-AMP-as13-59-8500A, “This view of the severely damaged Apollo 13 Service Module (SM) was photographed from the Lunar Module/Command Module (LM/CM) following SM jettisoning.” 

 Local Identifier: 255-AMP-as13-62-9004, Interior view of the Apollo 13 Lunar Module (LM) during the trouble-plagued journey back to Earth. This photograph shows some of the temporary hose connections and apparatus which were necessary when the three astronauts moved from the Command Module to use the LM as a “lifeboat”. Astronaut John L. Swigert Jr., command module pilot, is on the right. On the left, an astronaut holds in his right hand the feed water bag from the Portable Life Support System (PLSS). It is connected to a hose (in center) from the Lunar Topographic (Hyson) camera. In the background is the “mail box”, a jerry-rigged arrangement which the Apollo 13 astronauts built to use the Command Module lithium hydroxide canisters to purge carbon dioxide from the Lunar Module. Lithium hydroxide is used to scrub CO2 from the spacecraft’s atmosphere.” 

Local Identifier: 255-AMP-as15-88-11866, “Astronaut James B. Irwin, lunar module pilot, gives a military salute while standing beside the deployed United States flag during the Apollo 15 lunar surface Extravehicular Activity (EVA) at the Hadley-Apennine landing site.” 


Local Identifier: 255-AMP-as17-134-20384, “Scientist-astronaut Harrison H. Schmitt, lunar module pilot, is photographed next to the deployed United States flag during lunar surface extravehicular activity (EVA) at the Taurus-Littrow landing site. The highest part of the flag appears to point toward our planet Earth in the distant background. This picture was taken by astronaut Eugene A. Cernan, Apollo 17 commander.”


Local Identifier: 255-ASTP-ast-03-175, “Apollo Soyuz Test Project (ASTP), Apollo Commander Thomas P. Stafford and Docking Module Pilot Donald K. Slayton with Soyuz Food Tubes”


Local Identifier: 255-STS-STS041-506-007, “Earth Observations taken during STS-41, Space Shuttle Discovery, October 1990”


Local Identifier 255-STS-s114e5016, “STS-114, Handheld still image taken by Discovery’s crew of the external fuel tank as it was jettisoned after launch on July 26 were transmitted to the ground early July 27. These images of the external tank were taken with the tank closer to the Shuttle than on any past missions due to an earlier maneuver performed by the spacecraft shortly after main engine cutoff, 7/26/2005”


Local Identifier: 255-STS-s135e006297, “STS-135, Commander Chris Ferguson and pilot Doug Hurley smile for the camera from their stations on the Atlantis forward (FWD) flight deck (FD) during STS-135 Flight Day 2 (FD2)., 7/9/2011”


Local Identifier: 255_GRC_1974_00135, “Zero Gravity Facility Chamber, Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio, 1974“


Local Identifier: 255_GRC_1975_02610, “Space Shuttle Model in the 10 x 10 Foot Wind Tunnel, Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio, 1975”