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Apollo 17 astronauts take the Moon Buggy out for a spin.     Photo: NASA/Pacific Space Center

Apollo Mission Photos Surface

From treks across Hawaii's Big Island

Houston: The photographs have surfaced.

While rummaging around Johnson Space Center, PISCES executive director Rob Kelso recently came across previously unpublished images of astronauts trekking across Apollo Valley on Hawaii's Big Island in the late 1960s and early '70s. Similar to the surface of the moon, the island's volcanic, rocky landscape was ideal for testing moon buggies and training astronauts.

Yesterday, NASA's Pacific Space Center released these photos from Apollo training missions 13, 15, and 17. Among them:

  Photo: NASA/Pacific Space Center

Astronauts practiced geological-sample runs on the crater-ridden Hawaiian surface.

  Photo: NASA/Pacific Space Center

Apollo 13 Commander James A. Lovell Jr. 

  Photo: NASA/Pacific Space Center