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William Anders (American, b. 1933)

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


William Anders (American, b. 1933)
Two views showing a first look at another world: the lunar nearside, Crater Langrenus and Crater Goclenius, Apollo 8, December 1968. The second view numbered 'NASA AS8-13-2225' (NASA MSC) in black on the recto u.l. margin. One vintage chromogenic print on fiber-based Kodak paper with 'A Kodak Paper' watermark on the verso and one vintage gelatin silver print, image sizes to 9 1/2 x 7 5/8 in. (24.0 x 19.2 cm), unmatted.
Condition: Good.

N.B. For three days the Apollo 8 astronauts journeyed outward toward a goal they could not see. The Moon would fill their view once they slipped into orbit around it. "Langrenus is quite a huge crater; it's got a central cone to it. The walls of the crater are terraced, about six or seven terraces on the way down,' observed James Lovell in an air-to-ground transmission, after acquiring Earth communications for the first time after lunar orbit insertion (first image). Crater Goclenius lies on the southern edge of the Sea of Fecundity and is 45 miles wide. Numerous rilles scarring its floor can be seen; one rille extends across the entire crater floor, over the central peak, and across the rim into the smooth mare (second image). The NASA negative number for the color image is AS8-16-2615.
Estimate $500-700

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Kodak, James Lovell, William Anders, Goclenius, Langrenus, Lunar 100, Magelhaens, Planetary science, Rille