NASA Commons - 50 Years of Photographs - A New Archive

An incredible archive of images from NASA, known as NASA Commons pertains to demonstrate just how far space exploration has come. The images are brilliant, historically speaking as well as photographically. NASA describe the archive as "an opportunity for the public to participate in the process of discovery." It focuses on key figures in the agency's development, such as astronaut John Glenn, photographed below entering Friendship 7 to begin his historic flight as well as a briefing given by Major Rocco Petrone to President John F. Kennedy during a tour of Blockhouse 34 at the Cape Canaveral Missile Test Annex.

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Friendship 7

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Collection: NASA Image of the Day Gallery
Title: Friendship 7

Description: On Feb. 20, 1962 at 9:47 am EST, John Glenn launched from Cape Canaveral's Launch Complex 14 to become the first American to orbit the Earth. In this image, Glenn enters his Friendship 7 capsule with assistance from technicians to begin his historic flight. Glenn rejoined NASA in 1998 as a member of the STS-95 Discovery crew. This 9-day mission, from Oct. 29-Nov. 7, supported a variety of research payloads including deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope Orbital Systems Test Platform and investigations on space flight and the aging process. Image Credit: NASA

JFK Tour of KSC

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Collection: NASA Great Images in Nasa Collection
Title: JFK Tour of KSC

Full Description: A briefing is given by Major Rocco Petrone to President John F. Kennedy during a tour of Blockhouse 34 at the Cape Canaveral Missile Test Annex.

Date: 9/11/1962

Spiro Agnew and Lyndon Johnson Watch the Apollo 11 Liftoff

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Collection: NASA Great Images in Nasa Collection
Title: Spiro Agnew and Lyndon Johnson Watch the Apollo 11 Liftoff

Full Description: 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.

Date: 07/16/1969
NASA Center: Kennedy Space Center

Mercury -- February 1962

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Collection: Spacesuit and Spacewalk History Image Gallery
Title: Mercury -- February 1962

Description: Astronaut John H. Glenn Jr., NASA flight surgeon William Douglas and equipment specialist Joseph W. Schmidt leave crew quarters prior to the Mercury-Atlas 6 mission. Glenn is in his pressure suit and is carrying the portable ventilation unit.

Viking 1 Launch

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Collection: NASA Great Images in Nasa Collection
Title: Viking 1 Launch

Full Description: Viking 1 was launched by a Titan/Centaur rocket from Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 5:22 p.m. EDT to begin a half-billion mile, 11-month journey through space to explore Mars. The 4-ton spacecraft went into orbit around the red planet in mid-1976.

Date: 8/20/1975

Written by: Joanne Carter

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