University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the NASA Space Exploration Photograph Collection, circa 1965-1976

Descriptive Summary

Creator: United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, photographers.
Title: NASA Space Exploration Photograph Collection
Dates: circa 1965-1976
Abstract: Five digital prints showing NASA space exploration missions during the 1960s and 1970s.
Accession No.: AR 2012-015
Extent: 5 digital prints
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

NASA unmanned space probes launched during the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s produced a variety of 4x5 inch computer-generated negatives from radio-telemetric data of the solar system. In 1986, the curators of 25 Years of Space Photography: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, an exhibition and catalogue from 1985-1986, gave five negatives to a senior project leader at NASA. Subsequently, Blackpoint Editions used these original negatives, scanned as 2400 dpi files, to make the carbon pigment prints donated to the Briscoe Center.

Scope and Contents

The five prints in the NASA space exploration photographs collection were made from original digital images and document NASA’s early space exploration from approximately 1967 to 1976. Subjects depicted in the images include the surface of Mars, the surface of the moon and the Copernicus Crater, Earth, and an unknown celestial object, possibly one of Jupiter’s moons, Ganymede. The photographs were made from a number of NASA’s spacecraft, including Viking Lander 1, lunar orbiters, Mariner 10, and Voyager.



The photographs are arranged chronologically at the item level.

Index Terms

Subjects (Organizations)
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration--Photographs.
Viking Mars Program (U.S.)--Photographs.
Voyager Project--Photographs.
Lunar craters--Photographs.
Lunar Orbiter (Artificial satellite)--Photographs.
Outer space--Exploration--Photographs.
Space vehicles--Landing--Mars (Planet)--Photographs.
Earth--Photographs from space.
Mars (Planet)--Exploration--Photographs.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

NASA Space Exploration Photographs, circa 1965-1976, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Amy Bowman in May 2012.

Detailed Description of the Collection

3S219 Digital prints, 17 x 22 in., circa 1967-1976
The surface of Mars, Viking Lander 1, August 3, 1976
Coperinus Crater, 45 miles above the lunar surface, Lunar Orbiter 2, 1967
3S219l First view of earth from 730 miles above the dark side of the moon, Lunar Orbiter 1, circa 1965-1970
3S219 Photomosaic of Earth, from a probe to Mercury and Venus, Mariner 10, November 3, 1973
Unknown celestial object, most likely Ganymede, a satellite of Jupiter, taken from Voyager spacecraft, undated