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Eugene Cernan (American, 1934-2017)

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


Eugene Cernan (American, 1934-2017)
Wide-angle view of the Taurus-Littrow landing site, EVA 1, Apollo 17, December 1972. NASA Goddard caption on the verso. Vintage chromogenic print on resin-coated Kodak paper with 'A Kodak Paper' watermark on the verso, image size 7 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. (18.9 x 24.0 cm), unmatted.
Condition: Good.

N.B. With bright mountains rising above the dark lava plains, the Apollo 17 landing site surrounded the astronauts with magnificent views. Cernan took the photograph from the end of the east arm of the SEP (Surface Electrical Properties) transmitter array. Harrison Schmitt is shown working at the end of the west arm with the LM and the rover nearby. Also visible in the background is a large rock named Geophone Rock and the lunar-science station (ALSEP site). 'The problem of distance perception on the Moon is well illustrated in this photograph: the distance to the rover is 35 m; the distance to astronaut Schmitt is 70 m. The distance to the LM is 150 m; to the ALSEP, 350 m. Family Mountain is 11 km beyond the rover, and South Massif is behind the LM' (NASA SP-330, p. 4.16). The NASA negative number is AS17-134-20435.
Estimate $500-700

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Kodak, Harrison Schmitt, Apollo, Apollo 17, Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Package, Brontë, Eugene Cernan, Outer space, Planetary science, Sherlock, Spaceflight, Taurus–Littrow