mercredi 31 décembre 2014

Command pilot John W. Young, Gemini 10 July, 1966

Gemini 10 as a 1966 manned spaceflight in NASA's Gemini program. It was the 8th manned Gemini flight, the 14th manned American flight. Restored Black and White pictures extracted from 16mm camera (increase resolution and noise reduction).

Happy New Year 2015

mardi 30 décembre 2014

Mercury Seven without Dake Slayton (after 1962).

The Mercury Seven were the group of seven Mercury astronauts selected by NASA on April 9, 1959. They are also referred to as the Original Seven or Astronaut Group 1. They piloted the manned spaceflights of the Mercury program from May 1961 to May 1963. These seven original American astronauts were Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra, Gordon Cooper, and Deke Slayton (not on picture). Panorama assembled with individual pictures extracted from vintage video (TV).

Raw pictures extracted from video.

Explorer 1 (January 31, 1958)

Explorer 1 was the first satellite launched by the United States when it was sent into space on January 31, 1958. The primary science instrument on Explorer 1 was a cosmic ray detector designed to measure the radiation environment in Earth orbit. the U.S. Army Ballistic Missile Agency was directed to launch a satellite using its Jupiter C rocket developed under the direction of Dr. Wernher von Braun.Once in space this experiment, provided by Dr. James Van Allen of the University of Iowa, revealed a much lower cosmic ray count than expected.

 Raw image extracted from vintage video.

mardi 26 août 2014

Apollo 16 EVA 2, restored snapshot from TV camera.

Restored snapshot extracted from TV camera (positioning on lunar rover) during 2nd EVA of Apollo 16 mission ( John Young, and Charles Duke).

American Flag on lunar surface:

American Flag on LM :

Lunar rover and LM :

Charles Duke :

mercredi 20 août 2014

Gemini IX-A launch (June 1966)

The mission was flown June 3-6, 1966 by backup command pilot Thomas P. Stafford and pilot Eugene Cernan. The astronauts rendezvoused with the Augmented Target Docking Adaptor. Panorama extracted from 16mm tower camera.

Raw pictures:

lundi 18 août 2014

Apollo 8, before TLI (Dec. 21, 1968)

Apollo 8, Earth view before TLI. Panorama extracted from individual pictures of 16 mm camera. The three-astronaut crew Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot James Lovell, and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders became the first humans to travel beyond low Earth orbit, the first to see Earth as a whole planet, the first to directly see the far side of the Moon, and then the first to witness Earth-rise.

Raw picture extracted from 16mm camera:

jeudi 31 juillet 2014

SM-65 Atlas (1959)

1959 USAF production served the purpose of providing ballistic missile orientation to Strategic Air Command officers. The SM-65 Atlas was the first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) developed and deployed by the United States.

mardi 29 juillet 2014

Apollo 11 crew during a photo shoot before flight (1969)

The Apollo 11 crew during photo press before historic flight (near to the launch Pad of their Saturn V rocket), 1969. Horizontal panorama assembled from a TV video pictures.

Raw pictures:

lundi 28 juillet 2014

Lunar rover camera after departure of the Apollo 17 LM

After liftoff of Lunar module "Challenger" (14 december 1972) the color television camera mounted on the front of the Lunar Rover could be remotely operated by Mission Control. This allowed far better television coverage of the EVA than the earlier missions.

Original Pictures:

Original Video footage:

dimanche 20 juillet 2014

Apollo 11 Restored TV Broadcast (1- Earth View)

After 45 years, a restored vision on the Earth ...

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: