Apollo 10 liftoff

These are photos of the crowds and spectators of the Apollo launches in 1969, which include Apollo 10, 11 and 12. Apart from loving the wonderful array of 1960s sunglasses on display I genuinely envy the people in these pictures. I’ve always been fascinated by space, and vividly remember how excited  I used to watching the shuttle launches (and as a 11 year old who got to stay up and watch the doomed Challenger take off, that leaves quite an impression on you).

One of my life ambitions is still to watch a genuine shuttle launch from close-up enough to feel the ground shake, but sadly that’s looking less and less likely. The people in these photos were roughly about 3.5 miles away from the launch pad and it must have been an amazing experience!

[6 photos]Apollo 11 launch

Apollo 11 Launch Spectators camping out

Apollo 11 Launch Spectators

Nixon and Paine at Apollo 12 Launch

Thousands of News Reporters Watch Apollo 11 Lift Off

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