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3048M Marlborough
November 2, 2017 10:00 AMCalender

David Scott (American, b. 1932)

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


David Scott (American, b. 1932)
Two views of the Lunar Module Spider in lunar landing configuration over the Earth, Apollo 9, March 1969. Vintage chromogenic prints on fiber-based Kodak paper with 'A Kodak Paper' watermark on the verso, image sizes to 7 5/8 x 8 in. (19.2 x 20.3 cm), unmatted.
Condition: Scattered minor surface abrasions, minor staining in l.l. margin.

N.B. The Lunar Module Spider is flying upside down in relation to the earth below, with its landing gear deployed (first image) and its descent stage jettisoned (second image) in simulations of lunar landing. The LM, which had no heat shield to protect it, was jettisoned before reentry. Despite its appearance, the gawky LM had proved itself ready for the lunar job ahead (Mason, p.152). McDivitt and Schweickart enthused that the LM was a "great flying machine. And when it's just the ascent stage alone, it's very quick. It snaps to the controls like a fighter plane, or a sports car. It was super to fly!" (Reynolds, p. 123). The NASA negative numbers are AS9-21-3201 and AS9-21-3236.
Estimate $700-900

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