17 Vintage NASA Photos of Exploration in the Space Age

Pictures of space are thrilling. Period. For All Mankind is a new exhibition at London's Breese Little Gallery, highlighting a treasure trove of vintage NASA photos taken from 1964 to 1983.

It's pretty wonderful to see these faded, full-color visuals from a time when the bold explorations were just getting started. We're so used to seeing hi-res images beamed back from Mars—freaking Mars!—in real time, that it's neat to see these physical artifacts aged in a way you could imagine seeing in an old family album: everything from iconic shots, like Earthrise and Blue Marble, to the Apollo and Gemini missions and more. Beautiful. [Guardian]

17 Vintage NASA Photos of Exploration in the Space Age

Apollo 11 lift-off seen from the top of the launch gantry, Apollo 11, July 1969


17 Vintage NASA Photos of Exploration in the Space Age

Crescent Earth from 10,000 miles, Apollo 4, November 1967


17 Vintage NASA Photos of Exploration in the Space Age

Eclipse of the Sun by the Earth, Apollo 12, November 1969


17 Vintage NASA Photos of Exploration in the Space Age

Florida keys from orbit, Gemini 4, June 1965


17 Vintage NASA Photos of Exploration in the Space Age

Eugene Cernan and the antenna on the Rover, Apollo 17, December 1972


17 Vintage NASA Photos of Exploration in the Space Age

David Scott and the Lunar Rover, Apollo 15, August 1971


17 Vintage NASA Photos of Exploration in the Space Age

James McDivitt, Ed White walking in space over Hawaii, Gemini 4, June 1965


17 Vintage NASA Photos of Exploration in the Space Age

James McDivitt, Ed White walking in space, Gemini 4, June 1965


17 Vintage NASA Photos of Exploration in the Space Age

Liftoff of the last lunar mission, Apollo 17, December 1972


17 Vintage NASA Photos of Exploration in the Space Age

Jupiter and its satellite Io, Voyager 2, June 1979


17 Vintage NASA Photos of Exploration in the Space Age

Buzz Aldrin's visor reflects Armstrong, Apollo 11, July 1969


17 Vintage NASA Photos of Exploration in the Space Age

David Scott climbs out of the Command Module, Apollo 9, March 1969


17 Vintage NASA Photos of Exploration in the Space Age

Splashdown of the Apollo 14 command module, Apollo 14, February 1971


17 Vintage NASA Photos of Exploration in the Space Age

Earthrise, the first ever witnessed by human eyes, Apollo 8, December 1968


17 Vintage NASA Photos of Exploration in the Space Age

Saturn, Voyager 1, 1980


17 Vintage NASA Photos of Exploration in the Space Age

Space Shuttle STS-1 at Kennedy Space Center, Shuttle, March 1981


Lead image: Owen Garriott working outside the spacecraft, Skylab 3, August 1973