One of my great disappointments in life is that we have not developed space travel to the point that ordinary folk (like myself) will probably get to experience it. I’m sure that most Americans living in the 1950s and 60s — when our space program was constantly reaching new heights — would share my disappointment.

So perhaps the next best thing is searching through photos of space, which is easier now than ever before because NASA posted scores of new photos from the Apollo missions to Flickr.

I’ve gathered a few of my favorite shots into the gallery below (click to enlarge), but there are literally thousands of images so this is just a tiny sample.

The photos are presented in their raw, un-retouched state. They’re also all in the public domain, so you can do anything you want with them (like post them on your blog).

While I will almost surely never go into space, these photos offer a remarkable and satisfying glimpse into the fragility and beauty of what remains of the final frontier.

— Jim Dalrymple II

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Written by Jim Dalrymple II

Editor in Chief of Tripping Over the World. Also, reporter at BuzzFeed News.

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