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Taken by a Maurer 70mm Camera Aboard the Apollo 4 Spacecraft

Auction:
3048M
Lot:
95
Sold for:
$461$375

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

Description:

Taken by a Maurer 70mm Camera Aboard the Apollo 4 Spacecraft
The Earth photographed in color as a planet in space by the unmanned spacecraft, Apollo 4, November 9, 1967. Vintage chromogenic print on fiber-based Kodak paper with 'A Kodak Paper' watermark on the verso, image size 7 5/8 x 9 1/2 in. (19.2 x 24.0 cm), unmatted.
Condition: Good.

N.B. The photographic mission of Apollo 4 was the acquisition and return of the highest altitude color imagery ever made of the Earth. Located in the capsule of the spacecraft, looking out of the window, was not an astronaut but an automatic 70mm Maurer camera which took this beautiful view of the Earth from a distance of about 9,000 miles. Every picture of the whole Earth so far had been electronically transmitted; this time the negative was taken back to Earth and was recovered in the Pacific after reentry of the capsule (Poole, p. 86). The NASA negative number is AS4-1-200.

Literature: Cortright, p. 198.
Estimate $600-800


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

Kodak, Astronautics, Economy of the United States, NASA, Spacecraft, United States

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