Few people get to join the elite club of men and women who have been to space, but for those left on the outside, there are plenty of vintage pictures of astronauts hanging out so they can imagine what could have been. Astronaut biographies aren't likely to cover the times Neil Armstrong or John Glenn leaned back to relax after a long day of training, but NASA photographers were able to capture those moments.
Through Project Mercury, Project Gemini, and the most famous of early US space exploration, the Apollo flights, an adventurous few volunteered to cram into tiny capsules, have explosions triggered beneath them, and travel at insane speeds into an unpredictable environment devoid of oxygen or gravity. But when these men weren't floating around in space, they were hanging out back on Earth, creating historical photos of hot astronauts for others to one day enjoy.
The Mercury Seven Hang Out Circa 1962416Is this photo chill?
Apollo 13's Fred Haise And Jim Lovell Eat A Pre-Launch Breakfast In 19704914Is this photo chill?
Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, And Michael Collins Hold A Press Conference In 19695926Is this photo chill?
The Apollo 13 Crew Gets A Phone Call From President Nixon In 1970347Is this photo chill?