A stop-motion film made from 28 000 Moon Landing photos

The 28 000 images in the Project Apollo Archive caused a stir when they were released. Now, you can watch the best of them in this charming stop-motion film.

Earlier this month, an immense collection of images from the Apollo Missions were uploaded to Flickr as part of the Project Apollo Archive, a passion project from IT director Kipp Teague. The images, documenting Apollo Missions 7 to 17, were taken using Hasselblad cameras. The cameras were secured to the front of the astronauts’ spacesuits and the astronauts captured everything from the Earth and Moon to personal images of the astronauts shaving.

Teague began Project Apollo Archive in 1999 as part of a personal online retrospective on NASA’s famous Apollo missions during the era of the space race. And now, a filmmaker only known by his Vimeo username Harrisonicus has created Apollo Missions, a stop-motion film of the Moon Landing from launch to landing.

“I was looking through the Project Apollo Archive and at one point, I began clicking through a series of pics quickly and it looked like stop motion animation,” says Harrisonicus. “So, I decided to see what that would look like without me having to click through it.”

Harrisonicus stitched the photos together to create Apollo Missions. It’s a jerky watch but the film is bursting with authenticity and the kind of excitement that only comes with landing on the moon.