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3048M Marlborough
November 2, 2017 10:00 AMCalender

Pete Conrad (American, 1930-1999)

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


Pete Conrad (American, 1930-1999)
Re-photographed panorama of Sharp Crater with the astronaut's shadow in the foreground, EVA 2, Apollo 12, November 1969. Numbered 'NASA S-70-24305' (NASA MSC) in black on the recto u.l. margin. Vintage gelatin silver print, sheet size 8 x 10 in. (20.9 x 25.3 cm), unmatted.
Condition: Minor crease to u.r. corner.

N.B. This rare panoramic view was assembled from 8 x 10 inch prints numbered AS12-49-7271 to AS12-49-7275 by the Mapping Sciences Laboratory at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston and then photographed for use by scientists. EVA-2 was a long, circular geology walk that took the crew first around the west side of Head Crater, and then southwest to a small, fresh impact feature called Sharp Crater, about 400 meters southwest of the LM. From there, they would walk east to a point on the southern rim of Surveyor Crater opposite the LM, and then make their way down to the Surveyor itself before climbing back up to the LM (ALSJ: https://www.hq.nasa.gov/alsj/a12/a12.html). 'The craters are hard to see,' noted Alan Bean. 'They look great on a map, but they don't look worth a damn when you're running along next to them. You can't judge distance, and you can't tell how far you've run, because you've never run on the Moon. So not only can't you guess the distance, if you've been running for fifteen seconds, you don't know if you've covered fifty yards or fifty feet' (Chaikin, Voices, p. 73).
Estimate $500-700

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Alan Bean, Pete Conrad, Crater