Inspirational Photos by Neil Armstrong – Primary Photographer on the First Successful Manned Mission to the Moon

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Life magazine feature of 1969 Lunar Landing (Photos: Neil Armstrong/NASA)

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52 Responses to Inspirational Photos by Neil Armstrong – Primary Photographer on the First Successful Manned Mission to the Moon

  1. Alex Cruceru August 27, 2012 at 10:02 am #

    Great photos, too great to be done on the moon from my point of view.It’s almost impossible to get one cool clean shot with your camera on your chest, not to mention in space, almost no wieght, in a full suit, no way to touch the camera in a good and simple way. Great shots, but not from the moon.

    • Seshan August 27, 2012 at 10:21 am #

      LOL

    • Adrian August 27, 2012 at 10:36 am #

      Double LOL

    • IanJ August 27, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

      Oh please………keep the conspiracy rubbish out of here, it’s an insult to Neil Armstrong.

      Ok, that out of the way…….I’ll never get tired of looking at the moon pics. I do wish there were really hi-res versions available…..would love to print out some seriously large versions for my wall.

      Ian.

    • GT August 27, 2012 at 5:08 pm #

      Wearing a large and stiff space suite would be an excellent stable platform for taking photographs (greatly reduced transmission of undesirable body movements) especially when the conditions are extremely bright so he can use a fast shutter speed. It was was also a modified camera for use with the suit (pretty stupid if they sent him up there with a standard camera) – 500EL – built in motor drive for advancing the film and probably a suitably designed remote release. Focusing would have been a problem so he was given a wide angle lens and with the bright conditions he could use a small aperture for greater depth-of-field. I suppose framing might of been hit or miss but using wide angel lens gives margin for error – just crop if necessary – it’s a large film size with, probably, a slow emulsion and a very sharp lens.

      Typical – conspiracy theory born of ignorance

    • samy August 30, 2012 at 4:16 am #

      I agree, it is all fake
      They thought that there are should be a lot of dust, beacuse on earth we have it even in a vacum,
      but check it with Curiosity photos – no dust, and the photo number 9, just pay attention to reflex
      the person who takes photo you can not see, only shadow – and there is a person without space suit
      and ther third person appears there (check the shadow of photografer lying in one direction and other´s
      in other – a lot of mistakes – Photoshop was missing and the person who did it
      could of study Rembrandt works at least – to learn about Light

      • Danny September 2, 2012 at 10:37 am #

        Hey dummy! What the hell do you think that BIG WHITE THING is right in the middle of the reflected images? One Obamas Greek columns? Because of the curvature of the visor, it distorts the reflected images, you know, kinda like “Objects in mirror are closer then they apppear”.

    • Anonymous October 18, 2012 at 5:20 pm #

      Completely agree. These pictures were NOT taken on the moon. They were created by the one and only Stanley Kubrick. Here on earth.

    • makaylah March 13, 2013 at 9:54 am #

      hi i no

  2. Sam August 27, 2012 at 11:07 am #

    Great, just great. In addition to losing an accomplished test pilot, first man on the moon and astronaut we’ve also lost a photographer.

  3. felipe feijo August 27, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

    pq as fotos na penumbra estao claras? qual o filme fotografico que eles usaram? com essa roupa acho que seria dificil de fotografar tao bem.Nao sei pq mais ainda nao acredito nessas fotos.

    • Flávio August 29, 2012 at 7:27 am #

      A ignorância tolda o discernimento dos brazucas viados :P

      • Steeve November 24, 2012 at 8:47 pm #

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  4. Trevor August 27, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    He did a fantastic job of the photo’s under what must have been difficult operating conditions. And although it hardly merits a response, Alex (and any other hoax theorists). There was a fierce cold war rivalry between the Americans and the Russians who were bitterly disappointed when they were beaten to the moon. Do you not think that had there been any credible suggestion of a hoax that the Russians would not have exposed it !?

    • Les August 27, 2012 at 1:32 pm #

      NASA states that the astronauts took thousands of photos through these missions. They had many a dud photo too. But the astronauts were each given cameras to practice with on Earth well before each went on their successive missions. They were encouraged to use the cameras on family events and holidays etc. so that they’d know them like the back of their hand when using these on the moon.

      In reality using for the most part rather wide angle lenses and affixed to the camera mount on the suits it’s not as hard as one may think to get rather good shots (from the hip so to speak) from these angles.

      I have some cool books and National Geographic’s on the space missions and the photos published in these including those from the moon are simply stunning.

      Hoax believers, NASA sent men to to Moon, the facts support this and you only look a fool for disregarding the facts.

      RIP Commander Armstrong.

  5. no moon August 27, 2012 at 6:33 pm #

    please pro photos. look at the shadows. the light source is close by. that’s not the sun. the picture is a fake. i DO like it. great picture. not from the moon.

    • Matt August 27, 2012 at 6:45 pm #

      The sun is a hard light source. The dirt/dust would have provided some diffusion. What on earth (or moon) are you talking about?

      • no moon August 27, 2012 at 7:07 pm #

        shadows from the lander, man and foreground rock should all have the same direction and not 3 different ones. these shadows indicate a light source positioned fairly close to the scene. FORGET the hoax and conspiracy, i don’t care about that, I’m just analyzing the photo. the light source is not the sun. that’s all. could wide angle effect though. is 60mm wide angle on that Hasselblad?

        • Les August 27, 2012 at 10:49 pm #

          UGH!

          The Moon isn’t like a billiard table. The undulation of the terrain will affect the look of shadows. But STOP AND THINK! If their was multiple light sources then we’d see multiple shadows of each object in frame. Never do you see multiple shadows off any object.

          • no moon August 28, 2012 at 12:56 am #

            i never said multiple.i said one source closer than the sun

          • Les August 28, 2012 at 2:07 am #

            HUH! Now you are thinking ONLY one light lit up the fake moon sound stage? It would have to be as big and bright as a sun.

            No, now listen up ok? The SUN, the thing we wake up to each freaking day was the SOLE illuminating light source. The moon’s soil would act as a reflector in the exposures but that’s it.

            We as humans went to the Moon, landed on it with men aboard 6 times. FER GOD SAKE SHOW THEM RESPECT!!!

    • some one out their August 27, 2012 at 7:23 pm #

      my Great Aunt worked at a local Houston area custom photo lab. she had one of the astronaut’s personally bring a set of photos in. she hand printed and dodged the photos. please learn something about the old style photography before you open your mouth. these photos are great but only as good as the lab printing them. I was given one of her photos she made from the negs they are truely great works of art and not fakes.

  6. Jerard August 27, 2012 at 7:05 pm #

    I found this piece by Mythbusters – and the subsequent pieces – to be very helpful in helping to address the lighting scenario on the moon. Enjoy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wym04J_3Ls0

    • no moon August 27, 2012 at 7:16 pm #

      awesome. i take it back then. i was wrong. but again, i don’t care about the hoax. just he image :) though, my personal humble opinion is that the images are too good to be true.

      • Les August 28, 2012 at 2:02 am #

        Why would you think such?

        They shot with 70mm film in special Hassies. The cameras had only modest exposure control but negative film has wide exposure latitude. The cameras were mounted on attachments on the chest of the astronauts. It’s easy to get a good shooting from the hip style photography. That said NASA says the astronauts took lots of dud pictures too. Thousands of frames were shot from all Moon missions.

    • Max Nöthe August 28, 2012 at 1:21 am #

      There are a lot of evidences for human presence on the moon!
      The Apollo missions placed mirrors on the moon that can be used till today to measure the distance between erath and moon with a laser. With the right equiptment you can do it on your own:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-e5CtbbZL-k

  7. Denver Photographer August 27, 2012 at 7:53 pm #

    Good stuff. RIP Neil Armstrong.

  8. mohammad August 28, 2012 at 4:38 am #

    where is earth or sun?

  9. So great August 28, 2012 at 5:13 am #

    “where is earth or sun?” : When you take a picture, do you put sun close to your subject ?? If you really want to have an idea of what you should see on moon, just have a look on these links = http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/pao/History/alsj/a11/AS11-44-6549.jpg and http://www.apolloarchive.com/apollo_gallery.html
    but please, stop looking for a mistake or an hoax.
    Just thanks all these people who worked and took these pictures on 1969.

  10. faisal August 28, 2012 at 6:34 am #

    Isint that Area 22 ;p

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  11. Jeff Greene August 28, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

    You can view 125 of the 200 images Commander Armstrong shot during EVA from the infamous “Mag S” (Hasselblad TR 400227), the one he dropped while hoisting the collection bag up to Buzz Aldrin in the LM. http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/catalog/70mm/magazine/?40

    A little known fact is that NASA photographer Terry Slezak became the first person in history to touch the surface of the moon with their bare hands. How? Slezak was charged with processing the film from the Apollo 11 mission and when he grabbed “Mag S”, the one Armstrong dropped on the surface, the residual dust got all over his hands. That earned him an immediate trip into quarantine with the rest of the Apollo 11 crew and a unique place in history.

    That’s right, a PHOTOGRAPHER was the first person to touch the moon….

  12. no moon August 28, 2012 at 5:56 pm #

    hoax or not, this is interesting: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBGAnxcIxtc&feature=related
    i don’t care either way, but radiation belt, lack of technology, no way to bring enough fuel for take off, etc. make me at least wonder :)

  13. steve August 30, 2012 at 7:42 am #

    conspiracy theories are sometimes so attractive believers sometimes refuse to change their position even in light of compelling evidence:

    http://mythbustersresults.com/nasa-moon-landing

    • no moon August 30, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

      they only talk about shadows…

      • no moon August 30, 2012 at 2:43 pm #

        oops… clicked on a different link.

  14. Rusty October 18, 2012 at 5:07 pm #

    Very discouraging to find people who *should* understand basic optics and light behavior claiming that these photos “must be faked”.

  15. David October 18, 2012 at 6:58 pm #

    I think its incredibly sad that in an article that both celebrates Armstrong, what he and Apollo crews did, and Chases focus on the incredible photo’s taken with extraordinary cameras … has been slammed by a sick conversation over the fake conspiracy, mostly by unfortunate people who were probably not even alive in those days.

    Conspiracy theorists will always need fodder to ensure their non existent feelings of self-worth are kept from ever being healthy. The sound of their own voice, and this need to shock and disagree, bears more weight than simple acceptance of the truth. Theorists need not respond to this comment with supposed ‘inconsistencies’, as you will only be proving my point.

    I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Elvis, Bruce Lee, Marilyn Munro and James Dean … did not shoot Kennedy and live together on a deserted island with Area 51 files, before moving to Atlantis. There … peace said. I would not be surprised Chase, if you decided to delete all related comments, or even turn off comments for this post. You have done a good thing, and these ‘people’ really do tarnish it, with their own agenda. Next they will be saying that Baumgardner jump was faked.

    Great story and photos Chase, an important moment in history, and simply awesome photographic testament. Thanks for writing it, and reposting on FB today.

  16. Paul Santos Photography October 20, 2012 at 4:25 am #

    A great post, thanks. A really interesting read – wonderful photos too.

  17. Mijo November 17, 2012 at 3:33 am #

    Anyone saw their pics of Earth from Moon?

  18. Peggy Novelli November 26, 2012 at 7:29 am #

    Why would bidders want the public in with them?

  19. Harry December 10, 2012 at 9:24 pm #

    Where is the shadow of the flag ??

    Why isn’t the wire on the moon surface not floating ??

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