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How was photo data processed and transferred back to Earth from satellites before digital photography became commonplace?

I am looking at pictures taken by some of the first satellites and landers there were like the Viking Lander on Mars in ~1976 or even the first image of the backside of the Moon in 1959 by Luna 3 I ...
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What caused some of the bright, diffuse areas of sky in some of the Apollo images from the moon?

There is a large, diffuse, bright area in the otherwise black sky in some of the Apollo mission images from the moon's surface. It is not the sun. What can it be? In the images below, I am comparing ...
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What are the anomalies in this picture of earth?

I was playing around with the New NASA pic of earth (posted July 20th 2015 on Nasa Goddard space flight center on Flickr). I've found this very odd structure on the bottom right corner that is pretty ...
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Which cameras were used prior to Apollo 11?

Which cameras were used on the missions prior to Apollo 11 ? I know that the moon landings used Hasselblad medium format.
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Why don't sensors on satellites and rovers degrade as quickly as DSLRs on the space station?

I just saw a report on NASA TV that said that dSLR cameras are replaced every 12 to 18 months because of the large number of dead and hot pixels, but video cameras last much longer, and they were ...
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Why are the Curiosity pictures shown tilted?

This one is the last photo that the Mars rover took this week: Why is the picture shown tilted? Why doesn't NASA rotate it and show it in the correct angle?
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Why are Curiosity Mars rover photos black and white with huge white border?

Bellow is the first actual-size photo of Mars taken from the NASA's rover "Curiosity". On the NASA's website you can see other images. Despite the fact that the planet's photos are fascinating, they ...
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