From the Earth to the Moon: Vintage NASA Photographs | 26 February 2015
360° panorama of the Hadley-Apennine landing site from the top hatch of the LM
Sold for £2500
360° panorama of the Hadley-Apennine landing site from the top hatch of the LM, Standup EVA, Apollo 15, August 1971
Mosaic of eleven vintage gelatin silver prints numbered NASA AS15-85-11357 to AS15-85-11378 in black in top margin, 26 x 140cm, image 24 x 132cm
Scott and Irwin gave the scientists in Houston a thorough description of the surrounding countryside and, rather than restricting themselves to the views out the forward-facing windows, they donned helmets and gloves for what was known as a "Stand-up EVA". They bled all the air out of the cabin then Scott opened the overhead hatch. Standing on the ascent engine cover with his upper body outside the spacecraft, and bracing himself in the opening he took a series of pictures all the way round the horizon with the Hasselblad 70-mm camera.
“How good are your eyes, how can they transmit images to your brain is so much better on the Moon than anybody can believe. And that's why, when people say 'What was it like?', I can't tell you what it's like because there's nothing on the Earth that compares with it. There's no way to describe it in any terms I've ever found, even through [science fiction author] Arthur Clarke, who does a wonderful job. I've never read anything that can adequately describe how well you can see. Whatever that means. It's crisp, and it's clear, and it's distinct, and it's definitive.
David Scott, Apollo Lunar Surface Journal
Literature: Apollo 15 Preliminary Science Report, appendix D, figure D-1-a
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