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Walter Cunningham (American, b. 1932)

Auction:
3048M
Lot:
109
Sold for:
$400$325

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Auction:
American & European Works of Art - 3048M
Location:
Marlborough
Date / Time :
November 02, 2017 10:00AM

Description:

Walter Cunningham (American, b. 1932)
The simulated docking target of the orbiting Saturn IVB stage, Apollo 7, October 1968. Numbered 'NASA G-69-2601' (NASA Goddard) in black on the recto l.l. margin, NASA Goddard caption on a separate sheet. Vintage chromogenic print on fiber-based GAF paper, image size 7 5/8 x 8 in. (19.2 x 20.3 cm), unmatted.
Condition: Minor cracks in emulsion at u.r. corner, possible color shifting.

N.B. The round, white disk inside the open panels of the S-IVB is a simulated docking target similar to that used on the Lunar Module for docking during lunar missions. The distance between the Apollo 7 spacecraft and the S-IVB is approximately 50 feet. Close-in maneuvering with the spacecraft, Donn Eisele said later, was "rather like one car overtaking another, but a car with very weak brakes and not much acceleration" (Mason, p. 144).
Estimate $400-600


The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Condition requests can be obtained via email (lot inquiry button) or by telephone to the appropriate gallery location (Boston/617.350.5400 or Marlborough/508.970.3000). Any condition statement given, as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Skinner Inc. shall have no responsibility for any error or omission.

Keywords

Walter Cunningham, Donn Eisele, Apollo, Apollo 7, Apollo program, Docking and berthing of spacecraft, Donn F. Eisele, NASA, Outer space, S-IVB, Spacecraft, Spaceflight, Transposition, docking, and extraction

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