See photos from the Apollo era like never before

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Selfies were not a common practice when mankind first set foot on the moon.

Neil Armstrong was the first man and the first photographer to walk on the lunar surface. All of the photos he took, including the iconic bootprint, were of fellow NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

But Armstrong’s face and other details of the mission were finally revealed in 2019 when photographer Andy Saunders used an enhancement technique called stacking to create the clearest composite image of Armstrong’s iconic field trip.

Since then, Saunders has applied his technique to 400 images from the Apollo program. His picture book Apollo Remastered was released in September.

“I want people to feel like they’re that close to walking on the moon themselves,” Saunders told CNN.

During his 10,000 hours of work on Apollo images, Saunders set himself a different task: solving the case of the missing moon golf ball.

In 1961, Alan Shepard became the first American to fly into space – and 10 years later he became the first person to play golf on the moon.

Known for his zest for life, the late NASA astronaut smuggled a custom-made 6-iron club head and some golf balls to the moon during Apollo 14.

At the end of a nine-hour walk on the lunar surface, Shepard stuck his head on the end of a sampling tool and literally swung to the moon — with one hand, of course.

Proud of his second shot after a first cut into a crater, Shepard said the golf ball had sailed “miles and miles and miles.”

Now Saunders has determined how far Shepard’s shot traveled and where the golf ball went probably still is sitting on the moon – and it’s not as far as anyone thought.

In the meantime, the Artemis I mission is ready to make one final orbit around the moon before returning to Earth next week – and the Orion spacecraft is offering many glimpses of its historic journey along the way.

In Kenya’s oldest park, rare, prehistoric-looking elephants with massive tusks stand out from the ‘theater of the wild’.

Conservationist Joseph Kyalo grew up watching the migratory giants known as Super Tuskers along the Tsavo East National Park Conservation Area.

These pachyderms have tusks that weigh over 45 kg and are so long that they usually scrape the ground. But these striking features also make the elephants a prime target for ivory poachers.

Kyalo and other members of the non-profit Tsavo Trust are dedicated to protecting the Super Tuskers and augmenting their dwindling population.

An original slab of slate (left) modeled on an owl is shown with a replica adorned with owl feathers in drilled holes.

Thousands of pieces of slate shaped and engraved to look like owls have been found in tombs and pits across Portugal and Spain for more than a century.

After decades of pondering, researchers have finally determined that the artifacts served a playful purpose: as toys.

Around 5,000 years ago, children made and used the adorable owls that had just the right spot for a tuft of feathers on their heads.

The slate pieces are in good company with a number of ancient finds that may have once delighted children over the centuries.

The James Webb Space Telescope, which can detect impossibly far away galaxies has been keeping an eye on cosmic objects a little closer to home.

The space observatory turned its infrared gaze on Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, to peer through the dense haze of its atmosphere and spot dreamy clouds.

The Fascinating World is the only moon that hosts a dense atmosphere and has terrestrial rivers and lakes on its surface.

Meanwhile, during a visit to NASA Headquarters In Washington, Vice President Kamala Harris and French President Emmanuel Macron were among the first to see a new Webb image showing the beautiful chaos of entangled, merging galaxies.

A snow leopard stands against the backdrop of the mountains of Ladakh in northern India.

Photos of a rare snow leopard, crouching golden snub-nosed monkeys and a playful polar bear cub are just a few of the images nominated for the 2022 Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice Award.

The 25 powerful images seem like a journey through the hidden corners of nature around the world. Endangered species and animals threatened by the climate crisis are the focus and make clear their need for help.

A photo shows a fish caught in a rubber glove and shows how discarded objects can infiltrate places that should be sanctuaries for wildlife.

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