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)


(NASA/ Ralph Morse)

Morse was as skilled at navigating the NASA bureaucracy as he was at taking pictures. In 1960, when the Mercury astronauts were flown to a remote Nevada desert site for survival training—no press allowed—Morse scouted the location ahead of time and was on hand to meet his astronaut friends when they arrived.

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