LIFE’s Eye on Apollo

Ralph Morse shot some of the most memorable photographs of the lunar explorers and their families.

(Ralph Morse/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Career at LIFE

(Courtesy Ralph Morse)

Morse was part of a platoon of LIFE photographers, writers, and editors who had unmatched access to NASA and its astronauts. Here he studies photos in preparation for another Apollo launch at the Kennedy Space Center. Each camera mounted in the photo is configured uniquely—"One might be a double exposure camera," he says, "others at certain angles, others with different lenses...You hit one switch and they all went. We always had back-ups. There was no retaking, no rethinking."

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