Sunday, January 08, 2012

ASU & NASA put Project Gemini digital photo archive online

Arizona State University's School of Earth & Space Exploration and the NASA Johnson Space Center unveiled the Project Gemini Online Digital Archive on Friday. 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 United States 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.

[excerpted from the ASU announcement]

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