These Rare NASA Photos Were Saved From the Trash

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These Rare NASA Photos Were Saved From the Trash

Before the age of digital photo-sharing tools, magazines and newspapers often relied on handouts from organizations and government agencies for images to run with their articles. After the stories were published, they’d toss the photographic prints in the trash. It was an efficient system, but it is also why many images are simply out of circulation today.

But as Henri Neuendorf at artnet News reports, one employee of a national photo agency couldn’t bear to see some NASA photos from the agency’s Golden Age thrown out. Instead, the individual with an eye for posterity saved some 1,500 of the rare press prints from the trash heap, many that included mimeographed captions. The images will go on sale next week at the Swann Auction Galleries in New York.

According to the gallery, the lot of photos is contained in nine thematic binders, each with images measuring seven-and-a half inches by nine-and-a-half inches. They span the years 1961 to 1972, the first 11 years of NASA’s manned missions into space.

The collection runs the gamut—from portraits of astronauts like John Glenn, the first American in orbit, Ed White, the first person to do a spacewalk and Neil Armstrong, the first human to step on the moon’s surface. There are also images of rockets lifting off, astronauts floating in space, moonwalks, the lunar rover and Earthrise.

“It still gives me goosebumps to look at the photographic prints in this archive, which provide a comprehensive look at NASA’s earliest missions,” Daile Kaplan, director of photographs & Photobooks at Swann, tells Smithsonian.com.

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This NASA Video Tour of the Moon in 4K Is Simply Breathtaking

Images from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) are not only helping planners with future human missions to the moon, but they are also revealing new information about the moon's evolution and structure.

A new NASA video, posted on YouTube, features more than half a dozen locations of interest in stunning 4K resolution, much of it courtesy of LRO data. NASA also highlighted the individual sites in a Tumblr post that delves deeper into their geology, morphology and significance.

LRO has been circling the moon since 2009 and has made a range of discoveries at Earth's closest large celestial neighbor. [More Amazing Moon Photos from NASA's LRO]

The orbiter has found regions of possible ice in permanently shadowed regions of the moon, inside sheltered craters and caves. It provides elevation data and mineralogical mapping to help scientists better understand the age of craters, lava basins and other features on the moon. And it also acts as a scout for future human missions. That role came into focus late in 2017, when the Trump administration tasked NASA with heading back to the moon before journeying to Mars.

Future landing missions could take advantage of mountain peaks or crater rims at the moon's north pole, the video's narrator explains during the lunar tour. LRO scientists have modeled the sunlight in these regions across centuries of time. By zooming in on the spots with consistent sun exposure, mission planners can put solar panels there to support future human missions.

Scientists and entrepreneurs lobby for NASA lunar program

WASHINGTON ‘ As congressional appropriators prepare to review NASA’s latest budget request, a group from academia and industry are seeking support for a lunar exploration initiative included in the proposal.

In an April 10 letter to the chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate appropriations subcommittees, 72 people from the research and business communities asked Congress for full funding of the Lunar Discovery and Exploration program in NASA’s fiscal year 2019 budget proposal.

That program, located within NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, seeks $218 million to support future exploration of the moon. That funding includes $18 million for continued operations of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft and $200 million for other lunar research activities, such as procuring flights on commercially developed lunar lander missions.

‘The Moon is the cornerstone of planetary science,’ the letter states. ‘The new Lunar Exploration and Discovery program will give the United States the chance to, at long last, systematically prospect for resources on the Moon’s surface, gather comprehensive new samples from all over the surface, explore lunar lava tubes, investigate magnetic anomalies, and address a long list of unanswered geophysical questions whose answers have deep implications for understanding formation of the Solar System and planetary science.’

The letter also supports full funding of a separate program, called Advanced Cislunar and Surface Capabilities, that is part of the Advanced Exploration Systems division of NASA’s exploration directorate. It seeks up to $130 million to support development of larger lunar landers, again in partnership with industry.

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