These 25 Vintage NASA Photos Place You At The Scene Of Space Exploration’s Most Important Moments

Published April 13, 2016
Updated October 17, 2017

On April 13, 1970, an oxygen tank exploded aboard Apollo 13, forcing American astronauts Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert, and Fred Haise to act quickly in order to save the spacecraft as well as their own lives. The explosion forced the crew to abandon their mission — to reach the moon — but the crew’s heroics saved the craft and saved NASA from another tragedy just three years after the Apollo 1 disaster.

Forty-six years later, we look beyond those two accidents and survey, via photographs from the missions, some of the most important achievements in the history of the Apollo program:

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These 25 Vintage NASA Photos Place You At The Scene Of Space Exploration’s Most Important Moments
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All Apollo photos taken from the Project Apollo Archive.


If you enjoyed these Apollo photos, be sure to check out these vintage NASA photos and read the story of the last man to walk on the moon.

Erin Kelly
An All That’s Interesting writer since 2013, Erin Kelly focuses on historic places, natural wonders, environmental issues, and the world of science. Her work has also been featured in Smithsonian and she’s designed several published book covers in her career as a graphic artist.