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Recorded by a P-3 Camera Aboard the Ranger 7 Spacecraft

Auction:
3048M
Lot:
24
Sold for:
$615$500

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

Description:

Recorded by a P-3 Camera Aboard the Ranger 7 Spacecraft
The final photograph transmitted before impact by the first probe to send closeup pictures of the Moon, Ranger 7, July 31, 1964. NASA HQ caption on the verso. Vintage gelatin silver print, image size 9 1/2 x 7 5/8 in. (24.0 x 19.2 cm), unmatted.
Condition: Scattered minor handling creases.

N.B. NASA's lunar assault began with a spectacular breakthrough: the "crashlander" Ranger 7 was the first space probe to send close-up pictures of the Moon until three seconds before it impacted on the lunar surface. The spacecraft was destroyed while transmitting, resulting in the receiver noise pattern. Astronomers were delighted at the clarity of the images which confirmed that there were lunar areas topographically suitable for manned landing sites (Cortright, p. 46).
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

Lander, Moon, NASA, Outer space, Ranger program, Spaceflight

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