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Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-10-2012 09:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Arizona State University (ASU) release
ASU, NASA unveil Project Gemini Online Digital Archive

On Jan. 6, the NASA Johnson Space Center and the School of Earth and Space Exploration unveiled the Project Gemini Online Digital Archive. The archive contains the first high-resolution digital scans of the original Gemini flight films, now available in several formats.

Project Gemini (1964-1966) was the second U.S. human spaceflight program, after Project Mercury (1960-1963). The overarching goal was to test systems and operations critical to the Apollo program (1961-1975), conceived with the purpose of "landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth". The LROC Featured Image discusses Gemini's specific goals and "firsts" from the mission.

In May of 2011, a team of scientists led by professor Mark Robinson commemorated Project Mercury with digital image archive. You can read the details of the process here. Also visit the ASU Project Mercury digital scan archive, and the Apollo archive.


Credit: NASA/JSC/Arizona State University

MarylandSpace
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posted 01-10-2012 02:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MarylandSpace   Click Here to Email MarylandSpace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I feel like a kid in a candy store looking at these images.

heng44
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posted 01-10-2012 02:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Excellent resource! Now on to Skylab and ASTP.

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posted 01-10-2012 02:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very cool.

BBlatcher
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posted 01-10-2012 03:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BBlatcher     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is there a similar archive for Apollo?

Glint
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posted 01-10-2012 03:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Glint   Click Here to Email Glint     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by BBlatcher:
Is there a similar archive for Apollo?

See third paragraph of original post, above.

mooncollector
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posted 01-10-2012 06:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mooncollector   Click Here to Email mooncollector     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have waited a LOOOOOOONNNNGGGG time for this! Much downloading tonight!

BBlatcher
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posted 01-10-2012 08:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BBlatcher     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Glint:
See third paragraph of original post, above.
That's not a very complete collection, was hoping for something more.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-10-2012 08:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Apollo handheld camera film was scanned and posted online prior to the ASU effort. See the Project Apollo Archive under "Full Hasselblad Magazines."

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posted 01-10-2012 08:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DChudwin   Click Here to Email DChudwin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The archive contains the first high-resolution digital scans of the original Gemini flight films, now available in several formats.
There are some neat "movies" produced from the stills that can be seen here.

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posted 01-10-2012 08:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Skylon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The resolution is amazing! I can actually make out one of the Gemini 7 crew through their window (as taken by Gemini 6).

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posted 01-11-2012 03:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You might have missed this thread.

space1
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I had never noticed before that in S65-63172 you can see the upper half of Borman's face as he moves close to the window. His face is framed by the Optical Sight, used for rendezvous and docking (similar in function to the Apollo COAS).

Glint
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posted 01-11-2012 11:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Glint   Click Here to Email Glint     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by BBlatcher:
That's not a very complete collection, was hoping for something more.

I agree. Hopefully it will be improved and expanded.

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posted 01-11-2012 11:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for rpjost   Click Here to Email rpjost     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For those who might be interested, in the Gemini Digital Archive under Gemini 9A, there are two images showing umbilicals but with hidden treasures.

S66-38513 has an image of a rear view mirror that shows Cernan near the back of the craft. I believe it's near the upper right corner.

Image S66-38518 has another image of Cernan in the mirror. Images must be cropped and enlarged. I never saw the mirror before on any mission. Enjoy.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-11-2012 11:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The rear view mirror was also recently discussed as part of Ed Hengeveld's Space History Photo of the Week.

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posted 01-12-2012 02:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Of course I am very happy with the effort by NASA and the Arizona State University to make the Mercury and Gemini onboard photography available. But I find it amusing that "a team of scientists led by ASU Professor Mark Robinson" has been doing exactly the same work that I have been doing over the past few months in my attic here in The Netherlands.

In fact, similar work on the Apollo onboard photography has been done in the past by Kipp Teague of the Apollo Archive website. And I must also mention the tireless scanning work by J.L. Pickering to make available the images covering preflight, launch, landing and postflight of the early space missions.

The raw Mercury and Gemini scans are available online through the National Archives website. I have downloaded these and have been working on processing them one by one for several months. I have completed Gemini 8, 9 and 12 and a large part of Gemini 6. This involved work to improve the visual quality of the images by adjusting the contrast and enhancing the colors. A simple Photoshop procedure, although a number of the images did need individual "hand processing" and thus took longer. Exactly as the ASU website states.

Personally, I find some of my results are of better quality than the ASU efforts, so I'll probably continue my efforts to process the rest of the onboard photos. But I must add that I am very pleased that the ASU archive also contains the 35mm film, which is not included in the scans from the National Archives.

Now I can only hope that the Skylab and ASTP onboard photos will also be made available in the near future.

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posted 01-12-2012 04:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great to see all the Mercury and Gemini photos in high-resolution.

I think the best way to display in-flight photos is by magazine, as was done with the Hasselblad photos in the Apollo Image Gallery and the Apollo Image Atlas.

The best webpage design I have seen for displaying in-flight photos has to be the Apollo Image Atlas, even though those are low-res photos. You can see all the magazine thumbnails on the same page.

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