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    [–] Deep Space EVA by Apollo 17 Astronaut Ron Evans, with Earth in the background [5297x5297] retrologist 10 points ago in spaceporn

    Your website is an amazing resource! For example, in the instance linked to this photograph, you can clearly see that Ron Evans tried to pan the TV camera to catch a view of both the Moon and the Earth at the same time, but was unsuccessful. Now if they only had some smartphones on the trip - that would have been one heck of a panorama:)

    [–] 48 years ago, two humans photographed their shadows on the Moon [1950x1950] retrologist 36 points ago in spaceporn

    They tried:

    Conrad and Bean also had something else in mind during their time with the 625-pound robot explorer. It wasn't fully sanctioned, but they were confident it would get them on the cover of Life magazine.

    "After a flight the PR guys would look over the film and release the most newsworthy images to the press," said Conrad. "I put this Hasselblad camera timer in my flight suit on launch day so no one knew I had it and carried it all the way to the Moon. The plan was we were going to stand in front of the Surveyor and have our picture taken. We knew that they'd use it and eventually someone would ask, "Who took the picture?"

    But Conrad and Bean transported the timer to the Surveyor site inside a bag that, by the time they arrived at the spacecraft, was already brimming with rocks and other samples. The duo did not want to let anyone in on the gag, in case it didn't work.

    "So there we are, doing sign language to each other trying to find this thing. Al is trying to hold the rocks and everything while I'm digging around in the bag."

    Conrad and Bean would eventually find the timer, but by then they were nearing the end of their second and last moonwalk and far away from the Surveyor.

    Bean took the mechanism and threw it as far as he could. To this day, somewhere in the Ocean of Storms, around 3.01239° S latitude, 23.42157° W longitude, is a Hasselblad timer.

    [–] Apollo 12 astronaut Richard Gordon, who died this week, photographed while training for his mission to the Moon [8315x5616] retrologist 16 points ago in spaceporn

    Dick was one of only 24 humans who have flown to the Moon - a pretty exclusive club to belong to. And CMPs like Gordon were actually considered to be senior to the LMPs and in line to command their own missions to the Moon. 16 of the 24 are still alive and we should celebrate their achievement while they are still around. Make an effort to meet one and thank them at a Space event near you.

    [–] McCandless Orbits in Jetpack [3000x3000] retrologist 152 points ago in spaceporn

    On Feb. 12, 1984, astronaut Bruce McCandless, ventured further away from the confines and safety of his ship than any previous astronaut had ever been. This space first was made possible by a nitrogen jet propelled backpack, previously known at NASA as the Manned Manuevering Unit or MMU. After a series of test maneuvers inside and above Challenger's payload bay, McCandless went "free-flying" to a distance of 320 feet away from the Orbiter. This stunning orbital panorama view shows McCandless out there amongst the black and blue of Earth and space.