The NASA Apollo Mission Pictures Have Now Been Stitched Into Stunning Panoramas


Wide angle: Maciej’s panorama of the Apollo 16 mission (NASA/SWNS)

Photographer Maciej Winiarczyk has given a new perspective on NASA’s Apollo mission pictures - by stitching them into stunning panoramas.

Last week thousands of images taken from the moon missions in the 1960s and 70s were uploaded to the photo sharing website Flickr by Apollo archivist Kipp Teague.

Now photographer Maciej Winiarczyk, 43, has created a series of out-of-this-world scenes from the American space agency’s archive.


New perspective: The enhanced images show the missions in a whole new light (NASA/SWNS)


A stitched image from the Apollo 11 mission (NASA/SWNS)

The archives contain 10,000 Apollo mission pictures thanks to a project first created in 1999.

The Project Apollo archive digitalised the images by scanning the original films on high resolution scanners.

Maciej said: ‘As I was looking through the pictures I noticed they were taken in sequence. That’s when I thought they would made interesting panoramas.

'I did one just to try it and ended up making 20-25 panoramas. Some of them contain eight pictures and others just three or four as the photos didn’t fit together properly.’


Painstaking: The Apollo 17 mission in panoramic detail (NASA/SWNS)


Man on the moon: The Apollo 16 mission (NASA/SWNS)


Space odyssey: The Apollo 15 mission in 1971. (NASA/SWNS)


Historic: The Apollo 11 mission in 1969. (NASA/SWNS)

Each picture has an average resolution of 16 megapixels, which Maciej says makes them ideal for enhancing and editing.

Due to the astronauts detailed descriptions of their surroundings during the lunar missions, dad-of-one Maciej, who is originally from northern Poland, was able to put together the panoramic shots using editing software.

He said: 'I used both Photoshop and Lightroom to edit the photos and stitch them together. I varied between Photoshop and Lightroom to stitch them as each programme produced different results, but always touched them up in Lightroom.

'I’m really happy and satisfied with the results and I didn’t think there would be so many panoramas I could create from the NASA photos.

'If they ever did another lunar mission then I would love the chance to go and take panoramas up there. I mean who wouldn’t?’