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3048M Marlborough
November 2, 2017 10:00AMCalender

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)
Two views of Buzz Aldrin transporting scientific equipment in the Moon's one sixth gravity, Apollo 11, July 1969. NASA MSC captions numbered 'AS11-40-5942' and 'AS11-40-5945,' respectively, on the verso. Vintage chromogenic prints on fiber-based Kodak paper with 'A Kodak Paper' watermark on the verso, image sizes to 7 5/8 x 9 1/2 in. (19.2 x 24.0 cm), unmatted.
Condition: Minor chemical inconsistencies to left of figure in vertical image.

N.B. 'When you move, the combination of the restriction of the suit and the gravity, you just wait to be brought down to the surface…,' said Aldrin. 'You've got a lot of time, which means that time slowed down, which gives you this sensation of slow-motion' (Chaikin, Voices, p. 72). The scientific experiments had to be deployed far away enough so that they would not be damaged by the ascent stage rocket when the Eagle lifted off. Aldrin had to maneuver through an area covered with fragments of broken rock to find a level spot. He first set up the Laser Ranging Retroreflector, about 14 meters south-southwest of the LM. Second was the Passive Seismic Experiment, which was set up a bit farther out from the LM. The last experiment, the Lunar Dust Detector, was mounted on the Passive Seismic Experiment (http://www.lpi.usra.edu/lunar/missions/apollo/apollo_11/surface_opp/).

Literature: Thomas, p. 199; Light, plate 50 (first image); Jacobs, p. 58 (second image).
Estimate $600-800

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