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Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Marlborough MA
3048M Marlborough
November 2, 2017 10:00 AMCalender
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Edgar Mitchell (American, 1930-2016)

$461$375
Auction: American & European Works of Art - 3048M Location: Marlborough Date / Time: November 02, 2017 10:00AM

Description:

Edgar Mitchell (American, 1930-2016)
The Lunar Module Antares, visible in the far distance, station C1, EVA 2, Apollo 14, February 1971. Numbered 'NASA AS14-68-9448' (NASA MSC) in black on the recto u.l. margin, typed label with caption affixed to the verso. Vintage gelatin silver print, image size 7 3/8 x 7 1/4 in. (18.5 x 18.3 cm), unmatted.
Condition: Scattered minor handling crimps.

N.B. 'The LM is visible as a tiny speck in the plain on the right behind the white rock which was referred to as 'Contact Rock.' Mitchell took the photograph from Station C1 located about 1.25 kilometers east-northeast of the LM and about 25 meters southeast of the Cone Crater rim. During the whole EVA the crew had trouble judging distance because there were no familiar objects to provide scale, no color differences to break up the lunar scene, and no haze to help differentiate smaller, relatively nearby craters from larger ones in the distance. To their untrained earthly eye, only the LM provided scale' (ALSJ: https://www.hq.nasa.gov/alsj/a14/a14.summary.html). 'This photograph is a great indication of how far Shepard and Mitchell had travelled, mostly uphill and without the aid of a lunar rover used on the subsequent J-missions' (Constantine, p. 55).

Literature: Light, plate 63.
Estimate $400-600


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Keywords

Edgar Mitchell, Shepard