APOLLO 11 - The NASA Mission Reports - Vols 1 and 2

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Compiled from the NASA archives & Edited by Robert Godwin, 1999

Robert Godwin

These two books (Vols 1 and 2 of APOLLO 11 - The NASA Mission Reports) are very interesting sources for those who want to know what the crew of Apollo 11 (CDR Neil Armstrong, LMP Edwin Aldrin, CMP Michael Collins) exactly did during Launch, TLC (Trans Lunar Coast), LEVA (Lunar Extra Vehicular Activity), TEC (Trans Earth Coast), and Re-Entry / Splash Down

This expanding Wikispaces page is a survey of the many photographs printed in both Volume 1 and 2. I want to know if each one of them is somewhere online and has its own NASA-related ID-number. I guess most of these photographs are indeed online in Kipp Teague's PROJECT APOLLO ARCHIVE, in Eric M. Jones's APOLLO LUNAR SURFACE JOURNAL, in Kipp Teague's FLICKR-galleries (only the mission photographs), in the LPI's APOLLO IMAGE ATLAS, and also in the galleries of the huge NASA IMAGES site.
Wish me good luck!
- DannyCaes Aug 3, 2017

By the way, I don't know if it is mentioned somewhere else than here in this page, but... during the mission of Apollo 11 CMP Michael Collins was photographed only once:

Volume 1 (248 pages)

Page 2 (formal portrait of crew in front of LM mockup)
Page 3 (the well-known portrait of Edwin Aldrin on the moon, with reflected image of Neil Armstrong in his gold vizor)
Page 6 (formal NASA portraits of the individual crew members; 1: CDR Neil Armstrong, 2: LMP Edwin Aldrin, 3: CMP Michael Collins)

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CDR Neil Armstrong
LMP Edwin Aldrin
CMP Michael Collins
Photo 1': ID-number S69-31741 (note the somewhat brown or orange hue of the transparent perspex part in Armstrong's helmet).
Photo 2
: ID-number S69-31743 (note the gloves of Aldrin).
Photo 3
: ID-number S69-31742 (note the helmet of Collins; without the protecting white "cap" such as on Armstrong's and Aldrin's helmets).
Note also the blue and red neck-rings of the LEVA suits. The neck-rings of both Armstrong and Collins were blue, while Aldrin's was red. One should expect to see the neck-ring of Armstrong to be red (CDR). From Apollo 14 onward, the LEVA suits of the CDRs had red stripes on the helmets, arms, and legs. Perhaps, the colors blue and red of the neck-rings had also a meaning (??).
Page 10 (print of moonboot in the powdery lunar regolith)
Page 16 (Apollo 11's Saturn 5 at the Launch Umbilical Tower - LUT)
Page 50 (Apollo 10 orbital photograph of Apollo 11 landing site, or
Site 2)
Page 83 (lunar rock sample at the Lunar Receiving Laboratory)
Page 105 (the Mobile Quarantine Facility being removed from the U.S.S. Hornet)
Page 121 (NASA personnel celebrating the conclusion of Apollo 11)
Section between pages 128 and 129 (37 color photographs on 8 glossy pages)
Page 133 (stereo close-up photographs of the lunar soil) + (the landing site shown with Houston to scale)
Photo 1 (stereo pair)
: https://images.nasa.gov/#/details-as11-45-6704.html (this is the same photo as the one on page 236, Photo 27)
Photo 2
: https://images.nasa.gov/#/details-S69-38671.html
Page 141 (Armstrong and Aldrin during LEVA exercise) (cover of
APOLLO 11 Mission Operation Report)
Page 165 (Armstrong and Aldrin during LEVA exercise) (removal of stowed tools from the LM's MESA)
This photo is also seen on page 75 of Volume 2 (third photo).
Page 166 (A and A - LEVA exercise) (preparation of hand tool)
Page 167 (Aldrin - LEVA exercise) (deployed Solar Wind Composition Experiment) (this photograph was also printed on page 81 of Volume 2)
Page 169 (LEVA exercise) (deployed Passive Seismic Experiment) (could this be Don Lind?)
Page 170 (LEVA exercise, unknown astronaut) (deployed Laser Ranging Retro-Reflector)
Page 171 (Armstrong and Aldrin during LEVA exercise) (documented sample collection)
Page 206 (Apollo 11 Prime Crew and Back-Up Crew) (James Lovell, William Anders, Fred Haise)
Page 214 (two TV-images of the actual LEVA in July 1969) (cover of the
Image 1
: https://images.nasa.gov/#/details-6902080.html
Image 2
: https://images.nasa.gov/#/details-S69-39563.html
Pages 230 to 245 - APOLLO NEWS CENTER HOUSTON, TEXAS - APOLLO 11 Postflight Crew Press Conference, August 12, 1969
pages 230 to 239: 40 mission photographs, numbered 1 to 40)
Photo 1
, page 230: launch of Apollo 11's Saturn-V, as seen from camera on the LUT (Launch Umbilical Tower): https://images.nasa.gov/#/details-S69-39961.html
Photo 2
, page 230: LM
Eagle still attached to the S-IVB stage: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS11-36-5313
Photo 3
, page 231: docking target on LM
Eagle, as seen from CSM Columbia: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS11-36-5363
Photo 4
, page 231: entrance to LM
Eagle through the tunnel, as seen from CSM Columbia: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS11-36-5385
Photo 5
, page 231: LM
Eagle, ready for landing: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS11-44-6579
Photo 6
, page 231: CSM
Columbia over Sinus Successus, south of Webb P: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS11-37-5443
Photo 7
, page 232: the Maskelyne region east of the landingsite of LM
Eagle: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS11-37-5437
Photos 8 and 9
, page 232: four frames from the DAC-camera's lunar landing sequence:
Photo 10
, page 232: west-southwest view of the lunar horizon, seen from a location very near LM
This photo (photo 10) is a combination of two stitched
Hasselblad frames
Photo 11
, page 233: northwestern boulderfield, seen from the ascent stage of LM
Photo 12
, page 233: shadow of LM
Eagle on the lunar soil:
Photo 13
, page 233: DAC-camera frame of Armstrong at work in the shadow of LM
Photo 14
, page 234: three DAC-camera frames of Armstrong at work just outside the shadow of LM
Photo 15
, page 234: DAC-camera frame of Armstrong and Aldrin with the US-flag:
Photo 16
, page 234: Aldrin's salute near the US-flag: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS11-40-5874
Photo 17
, page 234: print of moonboot in the lunar soil: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS11-40-5878
Photo 18
, page 235: plaque of Apollo 11 at the ladder of LM
Eagle: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS11-40-5899
Photo 19
, page 235: LM
Eagles northern footpad and its probe, on the lunar soil: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS11-40-5917
Photo 20, page 235: the well-known portrait of LMP Edwin Aldrin, with reflected image of CDR Neil Armstrong in Aldrin's gold vizor: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS11-40-5903
Photo 21, page 235: LMP Edwin Aldrin at the southeastern part of LM Eagles Descent Stage: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS11-40-5931
Photo 22
, page 236: LMP Edwin Aldrin carrying the EASEP: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS11-40-5942
Photo 23
, page 236: close-up view of the Passive Seismometer: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS11-40-5953
Photo 24
, page 237: the Laser Retro-Reflector: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS11-40-5952
Photo 25
, page 237: LMP Edwin Aldrin during the installation of the Solar Wind Particle Collector: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS11-40-5872
Photo 26
, page 236: LMP Edwin Aldrin at work near the Solar Wind Particle Collector: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS11-40-5963
Photo 27
, page 236: close-up photograph of (small part of) lunar soil: https://images.nasa.gov/#/details-as11-45-6704.html (stereo frames), see also page 133.
Photo 28
, page 236: close-up photograph of lunar rocky surface material: https://images.nasa.gov/#/details-as11-45-6706.html (stereo frames)
Photo 29
, page 236: northern view of Little West crater, visited and photographed by CDR Neil Armstrong: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS11-40-5954
Photo 30
, page 237: silhouette of one of LM Eagle's four exhaust nozzle clusters, and US-flag (the printed version is a mirror image of the real photo)
Photo 31
, page 237: quite chaotic view of the "tunnel" between CM
Columbia and the Ascent Stage of LM Eagle: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS11-36-5386
Photo 32
, page 237: interior view of LM
Eagles Ascent Stage (dashboard and rightward triangular window): http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS11-36-5389
Photo 33, page 237: row of 6 small DAC-camera frames, shows the US-flag and silhouette of nozzle cluster:
Photo 34, page 238: the Ascent Stage of LM Eagle over Mare Smythii: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS11-44-6642
Photo 35, page 238: near Daedalus, looking southward, Icarus V in the foreground: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS11-44-6608
Photo 36, page 238: Catena Mendeleev: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS11-43-6440
Photo 37, page 239: the raycrater west of Saenger: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS11-42-6285
Photo 38, page 239: part of the solar corona, as seen during the sun's eclipse by the moon's curved horizon:
This photo (photo 38) is perhaps one of the frames at the start of Magazine 42-U:
Photo 39, page 239: TEC photograph of the moon's eastern hemisphere: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS11-44-6664
Photo 40, page 239: Waning Gibbous Earth, photographed during TEC (Trans Earth Coast):
This photo (photo 40) is one of four frames which show the same cloud pattern on the waning gibbous earth:

Page 246 (CMP Michael Collins during simulation inside the Command Module) + (New York City, the crew of Apollo 11, and the tickertape parade, summer 1969)
Photo 1: https://images.nasa.gov/#/details-S69-38323.html
Photo 2:

Volume 2 (168 pages)

Page 2' (six photographs; 1: crew investigating lunar rock, 2: crew during press conference, 3: crew during lunch, 4: crew during (what seems to be) an important political conference, 5: crew during ticker tape parade, 6: crew investigating roll of Hasselblad film).
Photo 1
: ap11-69-HC-967.jpg
Photo 2
Photo 3
: https://images.nasa.gov/#/details-S69-40306.html
Photo 4
Photo 5
Photo 6
: ap11-69-H-1247.jpg
Page 5 (two photographs of crew during Technical Debriefing).
Photo 1
: https://images.nasa.gov/#/details-S69-40205.html
Photo 2
: ap11-69-H-1246.jpg
Page 7 (three photographs of LMP Edwin Aldrin, CDR Neil Armstrong, and CMP Michael Collins during suiting at NASA).
Photo 1
Photo 2
Photo 3
Page 8 (Armstrong with LEVA-helmet's typical
fish-bowl) + (Armstrong during suiting) + (crew in transfer van).
Photo 1
: ap11-KSC-69PC-347.jpg
Photo 2
Photo 3
: https://images.nasa.gov/#/details-6900622.html
Page 9 (crew in transfer van) + (crew's last appearance before going aboard Saturn 5) + (crew on Launch Umbilical Tower).
Photo 1
: ap11-van-noID.jpg
Photo 2
Photo 3
: ap11-KSC-69PC-399.jpg
Page 10 (three photographs of Apollo 11's Saturn 5, ready for launch).
Photo 1
Photo 2
Photo 3
: ap11-69-H-1111.jpg
Page 13 (Saturn-5 in earth's upper atmosphere).
Page 21 (CMP Michael Collins during exercise aboard Command Module, NASA).
Page 22 (mission photograph of S-IVB stage with LM
Eagle still attached).
Page 33 (three photographs, Aldrin and Armstrong during TV broadcast, Trans Lunar Coast - TLC).
Photo 1
Photo 2
: https://images.nasa.gov/#/details-S69-39724.html
Photo 3
Page 34 (Armstrong during TV broadcast, Trans Lunar Coast - TLC).
Page 36 (three photographs of interior LM
Eagles Ascent Stage).
Photo 1:
Photo 2:
Photo 3:
Page 37 (interior LM Eagles Ascent Stage).
Pages 38 and 39 show the somewhat mesmerizing description of the crew's observation of a not-identified object which appeared somewhere during Trans Lunar Coast (TEC). Must have been their own discarded S-IVB stage, after the extraction of LM
There are three photographs of the distant discarded S-IVB stage (not included in this mission report).
Photo 1
: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS11-36-5327
Photo 2
: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS11-36-5328
Photo 3
: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS11-36-5329
Page 41 (Collins shaving).
Page 44 (interior of CM
Columbia) (I have to do some research to get to know the exact name of the depicted cone-shaped contraption).
The whole of the cone-shaped contraption is seen in frame 5382
Page 48 (LM
Eagle, mission Hasselblad photograph).
Page 50 (Aldrin during suiting at NASA).
Page 51 (Armstrong in Ascent Stage LM, during exercise).
Page 52 (CSM
Columbia in orbit around the moon, above NASA's Cape Venus and The Cape, as seen from LM Eagle) (an interesting frame to try to detect the photographed region in the LROC Act-React Quick Map).
Page 53 (three photographs of LM Eagle, as seen from CSM Columbia).
Photo 1
: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS11-44-6585
Photo 2
: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS11-44-6580
Photo 3
: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS11-44-6582
Page 64 (four movie-framelets showing the approaching lunar surface during the descent of LM
Page 65 (post-landing shadow of LM Eagle on the lunar surface) + (one of the 16 exhaust nozzles as seen through LM Eagles SW triangular window).
Photo 1:
Photo 2: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS11-37-5449
Page 67 (northwestern part of the lunar horizon as seen from LM Eagle).
Page 68 (Armstrong and Aldrin inside LM Ascent Stage, during exercise at NASA).
Page 69 (Armstrong with Hasselblad camera mounted on LEVA suit, during exercise at NASA).
Page 73 (two photographs of Armstrong during exercise at ladder of LM) + (TV image of Armstrong descending from LM Eagles ladder at Tranquillity Base).
Photo 1
Photo 2
: ap11-S69-31042.jpg
Photo 3
: https://images.nasa.gov/#/details-6902080.html
Page 74 (two photographs of moonboot stepping onto simulated regolith layer) + (moonboot's print on real lunar regolith).
Photo 1
Photo 2
: ap11-S69-32236.jpg
Photo 3
: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS11-40-5880
Page 75 (Armstrong in shadow LM
Eagle, as seen from behind one of Eagle's triangular windows) + (two photographs of MESA exercises at NASA).
Photo 1
Photo 2
: ap11-S69-32240.jpg
Photo 3
: this photo is also seen on page 165 of Volume 1.
Page 76 (three photographs of LEVA exercises).
Photo 1
: ap11-S69-31048.jpg
Photo 2
Photo 3
: ap11-69-H-695.jpg
Page 77 (three photographs of LEVA exercises).
Photo 1
: ap11-69-H-665.jpg
Photo 2
: ap11-69-H-666.jpg
Photo 3
: ap11-69-H-667.jpg
Page 78 (three photographs of LEVA exercises).
Photo 1
Photo 2
Photo 3
: ap11-69-H-674.jpg
Page 80 (two TV images of Armstrong and Aldrin at
Tranquillity Base) + (mission photograph of Aldrin and the Solar Wind Composition Experiment).
Photo 3
: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS11-40-5872
Page 81 (Edwin Aldrin during exercise with Solar Wind Composition Experiment, NASA) (this photograph was also printed on page 167 of Volume 1).
Page 82 (installation of US flag at
Tranquillity Base) (DAC camera frame, two TV frames).
Page 83 (US flag) + (Aldrin near the NW leg of LM Eagle) + (the Descent Stage's main exhaust nozzle, with slightly disturbed lunar soil underneath).
Photo 1
: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS11-40-5905
Photo 2
: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS11-40-5902
Photo 3
: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS11-40-5921
Page 84 (two photographs of LM
Eagles NW leg) + (Aldrin with EASEP walking toward its planned location south of LM Eagle).
Photo 1: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS11-40-5919
Photo 2: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS11-40-5918
Photo 3: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS11-40-5943
Page 85 (three photographs of Aldrin with EASEP near its planned location south of LM Eagle).
Photo 1: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS11-40-5944
Photo 2: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS11-40-5945
Photo 3: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS11-40-5946
Page 86 (two photographs of PSE deployment during exercise at NASA) + (Aldrin near PSE south of LM Eagle) (PSE = Passive Seismic Experiment).
Photo 2: ap11-S69-32241.jpg
Photo 3: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS11-40-5948
Page 87 (two photographs of PSE south of LM Eagle) + (CDR Neil Armstrong during MESA exercise at NASA).
Photo 1: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS11-40-5949
Photo 2: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS11-40-5950
Photo 3: https://images.nasa.gov/#/details-S69-31080.html
Page 88 (Armstrong and Aldrin during S-band antenna exercise at NASA). That photograph is also seen on page 53 of Norman Mailer's MOONFIRE
Page 90 (US flag seen from LM Eagle's NW triangular window, plus silhouette of one of the 16 exhaust nozzles).
Page 92 (LM Eagles SW nozzle cluster) + (shadow of LM Eagle on the lunar regolith) + (eastern face of LM Eagles Ascent Stage with Earth in the distance).
Photo 1: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS11-37-5551
Photo 2: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS11-37-5505
Photo 3: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS11-40-5924
Page 98 (three photographs of the approaching Ascent Stage of LM Eagle, shortly before docking with CSM Columbia) (this is an interesting sequence of photographs of the region near and at Mare Smythii).
Photo 1: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS11-44-6626
Photo 2: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS11-44-6631
Photo 3: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS11-44-6643
Page 112 (Waning Gibbous Earth) (visible: Africa, Arabia, Europa, western part of Asia).
Page 121 (CM Columbia shortly after splash-down).
Not exactly THAT photograph, but... it's another one, made shortly before or after the one on page 121: https://images.nasa.gov/#/details-KSC-69PC-466.html
Page 122 (post splash-down view of CM Columbia, egress of crew).
Page 123 (two post splash-down photographs of CM Columbia with crew after egress) + (CM Columbia on deck of U.S.S. Hornet).
Photo 1:
Photo 2:
Photo 3: ap11-S69-21294.jpg
Page 125 (crew in BIGs - Biological Isolation Garment).
Page 126 (lunar soil sample from Tranquillity Base).
Page 127 (outside view of crew in Command Module, accompanied by... Gunter Wendt?) + (Command / Service Module Columbia).
Photo 1:
Photo 2:
Page 135 (Neil Armstrong studies a rock sample during a geological field trip).
Page 136 (outside view of crew in Command Module).
69-H-957 (source: Flickr, NASA - Apollo 11)
Page 138 (Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin during geological field trip).
Page 139 (two photographs of crew during pre-launch breakfast) + (crew at... ???).
Photo 1: ap11-69-H-1094.jpg
Photo 2: ap11-69-H-1122.jpg
Photo 3:
Page 142 (two photographs of Armstrong and Aldrin during LEVA exercises at NASA) + (formal portrait of crew in front of LM mockup).
Photo 1:
Photo 2:
Photo 3:
Page 143 (informal portrait of crew in front of distant Saturn-5).
Page 147 (two photographs of Edwin Aldrin in LEVA suit aboard the Vomit Comet) + (portrait of crew in LEVA suits in front of LM).
Photo 1: ap11-KSC-69PC-362.jpg
Photo 2: ap11-S69-39269.jpg
Photo 3:
Page 148 (informal portrait of crew in front of distant Saturn-5).
69-H-913 (source: Flickr, NASA - Apollo 11)
Page 150 shows no photographs, but, this technical crew debriefing shows perhaps only one name of a NASA technician, mentioned by Neil Armstrong (Helmut Knehnel).
Page 156 (three portraits of the crewmembers with their wives and children).
Photo 1:
Photo 2:
Photo 3:
Page 161 (three snapshot photographs of the smiling crew inside the Mobile Quarantine Facility) (by the way, it's interesting to try to search the biography of NASA's technician John Hirasaki, who was also in the MQF, along with the astronauts of Apollo 11).
Photo 1:
Photo 2: (source: Flickr, NASA - Apollo 11) https://www.flickr.com/photos/nasacommons/36003144451/in/album-72157634973926806/
Photo 3:
Page 163 (1: celebrating the conclusion of the Apollo 11 mission at NASA) + (2: Mobile Quarantine Facility - MQF) + (3: Aldrin showing a written message through the main window of the MQF).
Photo 1: https://images.nasa.gov/#/details-s69-40022.html
Photo 2: ap11-69-H-1223.jpg
Photo 3:
Page 168 (Mobile Quarantine Facility - MQF) + (crew with painting which shows mankind's first step on the moon).
Photo 1:
Photo 2:

Now... do we really need all of this in a page of the Moon-Wikispaces Project?
In 1969 I was a kid age 5 when Apollo 11 was hot topic all over the world. In Flanders-Belgium it was, say, something like 3:00 to 4:00 when Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin explored Tranquillity Base. And there I was, between my parents in their bed, in front of our black-and-white TV, to watch mankind's very first exploration of earth's natural satellite. Today, I still try to comprehend what happened during that hot summer's night in July 69. Searching and investigating the thousands of photographs from NASA and from other sources is my own way to remember this epic journey to another celestial body.
- DannyCaes Jul 25, 2017