These color-corrected photos from the Apollo missions are literally out of this world

by Gannon Burgett

posted Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 11:23 AM EST

Earlier this week, The Project Apollo Archive, in collaboration with NASA, released over 8,400 high-resolution images from the historic Apollo missions. All of the photos, which have been left unprocessed, are available for public consumption on Flickr, where they are licensed under Public Domain. As such, the photos can be shared, altered and reproduced without any restrictions.

It was this creative freedom that gave photographer Jeremy Dreier the idea to take some of the best unprocessed images and color correct them to account for the overexposures, fading, incorrect color balance and more. The results are quite literally out of this world.

The original photographs are amazing in their own right, but the color-corrected photographs add an entirely new dynamic by bringing to life the photos that oftentimes look so aged and distanced from the imagery we’re used to capturing with digital cameras. Combine that clarity with the shallow depth of field used to capture the images – thanks, Hasselblad – and you have a recipe for some cinematic imagery that completely envelops you.

Dreier shared his collection of corrected images on Reddit via an Imgur album. There, you can see higher-resolution images than what can be seen below:


Dreier says he’s working on uploading the full-resolution color-corrected photographs and will send those our way as soon as possible. In the meantime, head on over to the Imgur gallery to view the images in all their glory.

Image credits: Original photos by Project Apollo Archive/NASA and edited images by Jeremy Dreier, used with permission