lundi 14 avril 2014

Mercury Little Joe 2 (LJ-2) - 1959 December 4

Mercury Little Joe 2 (LJ-2) - LJ-2 was launched from Wallops Island to determine the motions of the spacecraft escape tower combination during a high-altitude abort, entry dynamics without a control system, physiological effects of acceleration on a small primate, operation of the drogue parachute, and effectiveness of the recovery operation. Telemetry was set up to record some 80 bits of information on the flight. The abort sequence was initiated by timers after 59 seconds of elapsed flight time at an altitude of about 96,000 feet and a speed of Mach 5.5. Escape motor firing occurred as planned and the spacecraft was whisked away at a speed of about Mach 6 to an apogee of 53.03 statute miles. All other sequences operated as planned, and spacecraft recovery was effected in about 2 hours from lift-off. The primate passenger, 'Sam,' an American-born rhesus monkey, withstood the trip and the recovery in good condition. All objectives of the mission were met (

Raw pictures extracted from vintage NASA movie (Mercury First Quarterly Report Oct-Dec 1959 NASA).

samedi 12 avril 2014

Apollo Escape System Tested

Apollo Launch Escape System Test. (LES) is a system connected to the crew module of a crewed spacecraft and used to quickly separate the crew module from the rest of the rocket in case of emergency. Apollo LES pad abort Test with boilerplate crew module.

Original pictures

jeudi 10 avril 2014

Apollo 5, 22 jan. 1968. First test Lunar module 1

Apollo 5 was the first unmanned flight of the Apollo Lunar Module (LM). It lifted off on January 22, 1968, with a Saturn 1B rocket on an Earth-orbital flight. Vertical panorama assembled from NASA Educational Documentary (1968).


Raw pictures

dimanche 9 février 2014

100 Years, Kid Auto Races at Venice (1914) - 1st Charlie Chaplin Movie Appearance as The Tramp - Henry Lehrman

The first film appearance of Charles "Charlie" Chaplin's character, The Tramp. Note that this was not the first time Chaplin donned the famous costume - that occurred for the filming of Mabel's Strange Predicament, Kid Auto Races at Venice was released on February 7th, 1914. Horizontal Panorama extracted from beautifull HD vidéo (

Original movie sequence:

lundi 27 janvier 2014

SpaceShipTwo (SS2) on Jan. 10, 2014

Virgin Galactic successfully completed its third rocket-powered supersonic flight of its passenger carrying reusable space vehicle, SpaceShipTwo (SS2) on Jan. 10, 2014. Very Large horizontal panorama extracted from Virgin Galactic video, before take-off.


Original HD video from Virgin Galactic:

dimanche 5 janvier 2014

Saturn V rocket rollout to the pad (2), May 20th 1969

Vertical panorama constructed with individual pictures extrated from 16mm camera at ground level. Apollo 11 mission, May 20th 1969. Color restored.

Raw pictures extracted.

vendredi 3 janvier 2014

Saturn V rocket rollout to the pad (1), May 20th 1969

Some vertical panoramas of The Apollo 11 Saturn V rocket is moved from the VAB (vehicle assembly building) to launch pad 39a May 20th 1969. Extracted from 16 mm camera.

Raw pictures:

dimanche 7 juillet 2013

At daybreak, Apollo 11 before launch (16 July 1969)

Under the daybreak, the extraordinary Saturn V few hours before the launch of Apollo 11 mission, Launch Pad 39A, part of the Launch Complex 39 site at the Kennedy Space Center (July 16 1969 at 9:32:00 a.m.). Vertical panorama assembled with individual pictures extracted from 16mm vintage movie (Nasa).

 Raw picture extracted from 16mm movie:

samedi 6 juillet 2013

The Apollo 11 Lunar module Eagle in lunar orbit

The Apollo 11 LM Eagle in lunar orbit, vertical panorama extracted from 16mm camera (movie recorded from the Command Module Columbia by Michael Collins just after separating from Eagle).


Raw image extrated from video.

The Apollo 11 CSM-107 Columbia in lunar orbit

The Apollo 11 CSM-107 Columbia in lunar orbit, vertical panorama extracted from 16mm camera (movie recorded from the lunar module by Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong just after separating from Columbia).

Raw images:

vendredi 28 juin 2013

Apollo 11, first stage separation (Saturn V)

Terrifying separation sequence of Saturn V first stage  during Apollo 11 mission. Vertical panorama made with a vintage 16mm movie of Nasa.

samedi 15 juin 2013

Diamant, November 26, 1965

Diamant, November 26, 1965 the first French launcher who placed in orbit the first french satellite Asterix from "Colomb-Béchar" spaceport (Sahara).

Raw image extrated from video.

samedi 4 mai 2013

John Glenn parade in New-York (March 1, 1961).


Astronaut John Glenn, his wife Annie, and Vice President Johnson attend a ticker tape parade on March 1, 1962 in New York City, given in Glenn's honor.

Raw Image extracted from video.

mercredi 1 mai 2013

Mercury Redstone prelaunch activities, 1961

MR-3 prelaunch activities, 1961 at LC-5, Cap Canaveral, Florida. Vertical panorama extracted from video.

Raw image extrated from video.

dimanche 17 février 2013

Meteor Explode over Russia's Chelyabinsk region

The Russian meteor explosion over the city of Chelyabinsk, on Friday (Feb. 15), injured more than 1,000 people and blew out windows across the region in a massive blast captured on cameras by frightened witnesses. 

Picture published in "Macro Cosme" N° 4 (Printemps 2013).


Panorama extracted from YouTube video :

samedi 15 décembre 2012

Apollo 17, LM docking before TLI (40 years)

Apollo 17, LM docking before TLI. Panorama extracted from individual pictures of 16 mm camera. With Harrison Schmitt, Gene Cernan and Ronald Evans, Apollo 17 was the final mission of the United States Apollo lunar landing program.

Animated .gif of all pictures used in vertical panorama.

vendredi 7 décembre 2012

Apollo 9 Dave R. Scott EVA

David R. Scott stands in the opened Command Module hatch (March, 1969). Large  horizontal  panorama constructed with a 16mm movie camera used by Russell L. Schweickart.


Raw image:

mercredi 7 novembre 2012

Apollo 16, LRV on the Moon

The Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) or lunar rover was a battery-powered four-wheeled rover used on the Moon in the last three missions of the American Apollo program (15, 16, and 17) during 1971 and 1972. Apollo 16 (LRV-002): 16.50 miles (26.55 km), 3 h 26 min. Horizontal panorama constructed with original pictures extrated from 16 mm camera.

 Raw image from 16 mm camera :

samedi 3 novembre 2012

Lyndon B. Johnson view the liftoff of Apollo 11

Vice President Spiro Agnew and former President Lyndon B. Johnson view the liftoff of Apollo 11 from pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center at 9:32 am EDT on July 16, 1969. Horizontal  panorama made with individual pictures extracted from a 16 mm camera.

Raw pictures:


Apollo 11, LEM docking before TLI

Lem docking before TLI, vertical panorama constructed with individual pictures of 16 mm camera (onboard Apollo 11 CM).

mercredi 31 octobre 2012

Apollo 11 - Earth View during TLI

Panorama vertical réalisé à partir d'une séquence filmée par l'équipage d'Apollo 11, juste avant de quitter l'orbite terrestre, avant ou pendant la phase Trans. Lunar Injection (TLI).

Image originale :

samedi 25 août 2012

Neil Armstrong, 1930-2012

Tonight, I look at the Moon... Thanks, Mr Neil Armstrong ....

"Neil Armstrong was also a reluctant American hero who always believed he was just doing his job," said a statement from his family. "For those who may ask what they can do to honor Neil, we have a simple request. Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink"

mardi 7 août 2012

MSL Curiosity, First clear picture afer Landing !

Hommage à l'équipe de MSL, après 7 minutes de terreur et un atterrissage parfait, une des petites cameras (HAZCAM) du rover a pris cette image extraordinaire du Mont Sharp (Cratère Gale). Pour la petite histoire, l'image originale est prise au travers d'un objectif grand angle, quelques heures avant que le JPL ne le fasse, j'ai publié cette image (en noir et blanc) corrigée de la déformation grand angle, corrigée au niveau de la luminosité et du contraste. Mais c'est facile, car on peut penser qu'ils avaient autre chose à faire en ce jour du 6 août 2012. 1er image extraordinaire d'une très longue série à venir, Curiosity peut fonctionner 2 ans en se déplaçant, et 14 ans à poste fixe grâce à son générateur isotopique (plutonium).

Photo Nasa/JPL

samedi 2 juin 2012

Dragon Splashdown (SpaceX)

Retour de la capsule Dragon, comme au bon vieux temps des missions Apollo, Mercury etc.. Dommage que la vidéo du retour soit de si mauvaise qualité. D'où l’intérêt de réaliser un montage panoramique permettant de voir l'ensemble capsule et parachutes..
Une image brute extraite de la vidéo: 

samedi 26 mai 2012

Space X Dragon is close to ISS

Le cargo Dragon de la Société privée Space X est arrivé à bon port. Joli succès pour cette toute jeune société spatiale dont les ambitions techniques sont sans limites. Ils alignent les succès et pour l'instant réalisent un sans faute..

Panorama vertical rélalisé à partir d'une vidéo HD  prise depuis Cupola lors de l'approche de Dragon et juste avant d'être capturée par le bras télémanipulateur. Sur ce panorama original, correction de la résolution et des couleurs... Ce n'est pas exactement de l'Archéovidéo, mais ils fallait bien leur rendre un petit hommage dans ce blog consacré au spatial.

Raw image extracted from NASA Video HD:

Un autre panorama vertical issu de la même vidéo HD Nasa.

lundi 7 mai 2012

Béta Cloth Patch, Apollo 11 (camera vidéo)

Plan fixe réalisé par l'équipage d'Apollo 11 à l'aide de la caméra vidéo utilisée pour les directs télévisés. La résolution de cette caméra était très basique. D'où l’intérêt d'appliquer l'Archéovidéo à ces séquences. Cette image a été réalisée sur un plan fixe qui totalise plus de mille image individuelles. Addition, morphing, correction des niveaux et ondelettes ont été appliqué successivement. Il faut reconnaitre que dans ce cas, le résultat n'est pas à la hauteur du nombre d'images extraites (+ de 800) En haut, une des meilleurs images brutes, en bas l'image finale restaurée.

dimanche 6 mai 2012

Michael Collins (Apollo 11), Space suit, restored

Pilote du module de commande Apollo, Michael Collins. Images restaurées à partir d'une vidéo de la NASA. Opérations d'alignement, d'addition, de morphing, d'ondelettes et enfin de corrections des couleurs. L'image finale (à gauche) est le résultat du traitement de plus de 50 images extraites de la vidéo d'origine.  

Apollo 11 command module pilot Collins, Michael in space suit. Left image (restored picture) is the result of Stack of 50 pictures, morphing, wavelet and color adjustments.