For All Mankind: Vintage NASA Photographs 1964 - 1983
Text by Sam Parker
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Vintage NASA Photos Go On Show
Awesome snapshots taken during the golden era of space travel
For those of us too young to remember the moon landing, the most amazing fact about the Apollo missions is that the computers NASA used were ‘no more powerful than a pocket calculator’.
In the decade of Apple and Xbox and Google Glass, where the speed of technological change is in overdrive, how did we achieve what still feels like science fiction in 1969?
From today’s perspective Neil Armstrong's small step – still capable of exerting such a strong grip on our imagination – and the sepia-tinged era in which it occurred don’t seem to add up.
'All For Mankind', a new exhibition of snapshots taken by NASA employees between 1964 and 1983 currently showing at London’s Breese Little gallery, captures some of this incongruous magic.
A photo of Buzz Aldrin taken by Neil Armstrong, shots of Saturn from outer space and buggies racing through moon dust are just some of the vintage delights on display.
It’s a fascinating collection, and a reminder that, while today we're enthralled by the special effects in Gravity, back in the 60s these guys were doing it for real.