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3048M Marlborough
November 2, 2017 10:00 AMCalender

Taken by a 70mm Earth Sky Automatic Camera Mounted on the Freedom 7 Spacecraft

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


Taken by a 70mm Earth Sky Automatic Camera Mounted on the Freedom 7 Spacecraft
View of the Earth and space, Mercury-Redstone 3, May 5, 1961. NASA HQ caption on the verso. Vintage gelatin silver print, image size 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. (24.0 x 18.9 cm), unmatted.
Condition: Subtle silvering at image edges, wear at corners of sheet.

N.B. Alan Shepard, the first American man in space, saw this view at about peak altitude down the Atlantic Missile Range. The original film from the automatic camera was in color (NASA caption). "What a beautiful view!" he said during the flight, adding later that "the sky itself is a very deep blue, almost black, because of the absolute lack of light-reflecting particles" (Alan Shepard quoted in National Geographic, September 1961, p. 441).
Estimate $400-600

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B. Alan Shepard