From the Earth to the Moon: Vintage NASA Photographs | 26 February 2015

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Buzz Aldrin - The only clear photograph of Neil Armstrong on the Moon, Apollo 11, July 1969

Sold for £5000

Est: £1000–1500

Buzz Aldrin

The only clear photograph of Neil Armstrong on the Moon, Apollo 11, July 1969

Vintage chromogenic print on fibre-based Kodak paper, 20.3 x 25.4cm (8 x 10in), “A Kodak Paper” watermark on verso, numbered NASA AS11-40-5886 in red in top margin

For almost twenty years the only pictures known of Neil Armstrong on the Moon were a few grainy images from the TV camera and the 16-mm motion picture camera. NASA believed that no Hasselblad photograph existed of the first man on the Moon. However, in 1987 two British researchers studying the Apollo 11 voice transcripts realised that one of the photographs in a panorama taken by Aldrin included Neil Armstrong working at the LM,
The error probably arose within days of the mission’s conclusion when Brian Duff, besieged by the world’s media as head of Public Affairs at MSC in Houston, asked Neil Armstrong if he ever gave the camera to Buzz Aldrin. Armstrong answered a simple “no” because according to the flight plan he was required to place the camera on a lower bay of the LM from where Aldrin would pick it up when he was ready. This photograph, unseen by the general public at the time, was not included in the selection made for general distribution by the Public Affairs Office who explained Armstrong’s conspicuous absence by stating that Aldrin never had the camera. As a result, vintage prints of the image are extremely rare; this example was probably printed at the request of a NASA staff member.

From the Earth to the Moon: Vintage NASA Photographs

Thursday 26 February 2015, 10.30am

Bloomsbury London
Bloomsbury House
24 Maddox Street
London
W1S 1PP

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