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November 2, 2017 10:00 AMCalender

Neil Armstrong (American, 1930-2012)

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


Neil Armstrong (American, 1930-2012)
First photograph of a man standing on the surface of another world, Apollo 11, July 1969. Stamped '5872' (NASA MSC) in black on the verso. Vintage chromogenic print on fiber-based Kodak paper with 'A Kodak Paper' watermark on the verso, image size 7 1/4 x 7 in. (18.3 x 17.5 cm), unmatted.
Condition: Subtle creases at sheet corners u.r. and l.r.

N.B. Armstrong took this historic first photograph of Aldrin on the lunar surface after having set up the lunar surface TV camera. Aldrin was unfurling the solar wind sheet, designed to trap tiny particles hurled from the distant sun. Deployed for an hour and 17 minutes, the aluminum sheet caught 10 trillion atoms of chemical elements streaming from the Sun at supersonic speeds (Mason, p. 174). The two black spots in the sky above the horizon and the foggy areas seen in the photograph were caused by the refraction of sunlight in the lens of Armstrong's camera (Thomas, p. 196). The NASA negative number is AS11-40-5872.

Literature: Thomas, p. 196-97.
Estimate $700-900

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