The fuzzy looking gelatin silver photographs NASA used in the 1960s and '70s to publicise its efforts to land men on the moon are in stark contrast to the high definition images we see these days of planets.
But they were the first time anyone had seen the Moon so closeup and personal, and the Space Race captured the attention of the world in a way nothing has done since.
An exhibition of those early black and white images are going on show as part of Wellington's Photival Photography Festival.
Art historian Geoffrey Batchen has curated Live from the Moon selecting from images that were transmitted to Earth from the Moon.
Simon Morris talks to him and to Senior Science Communicator with Wellington's Carter Observatory, Haritina Mogoșanu.
Geoffrey Batchen and Haritina Mogoșanu are in conversation this Thursday May 9 at Suite Gallery in Wellington.