A NASA Photog Was the First Person on Earth to Touch Moon Dust – Photography Article

After the Apollo 11 mission that successfully landed the first humans on the Moon back in July 1969, a NASA photographer unexpectedly became the first non-astronaut to touch Moon dust with his bare hands. Upon splashing back down on Earth, astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins were immediately placed in quarantine and evaluated for weeks in case they had brought back any “bugs” from the Moon. But while that was going on, other NASA employees worked on the…

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A Photo for Apollo 11’s 50th Anniversary – Photography Article

I’ve been fascinated with the idea of incorporating the moon into photos whenever possible. And so, with the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s moon landing on July 20th, I was excited by the possibility to shoot something special for the occasion: Putting a man “on” the moon. The man here is Ty Johnson, a paramotor pilot, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. As NASA will tell you, getting a man to the moon is harder than it looks. This is how we…

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How I Shot an ‘Impossible Photo’ of an Apollo Launch in 1967 – Photography Article

They said it couldn’t be done, that I was wasting my time, that it was impossible to take a time exposure photo of a daytime missile launch… in color… directly into a Florida sunrise… from ten miles away. If anybody would know, Arch Smith would. Arch had first conceived the idea of making a time exposure of a daytime missile launch during the Gemini program. He ran the photo department at Martin Marietta’s Canaveral Division, and he happened to have…

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