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Neil Armstrong (American, 1930-2012)

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


Neil Armstrong (American, 1930-2012)
Buzz Aldrin looks back at Tranquility Base, Apollo 11, July 1969. Numbered 'NASA AS11-40-5948' (NASA MSC) in red on the recto u.l. margin, NASA MSC caption on the verso. Vintage chromogenic print on fiber-based Kodak paper with 'A Kodak Paper' watermark on the verso, image size 7 1/4 x 7 in. (18.3 x 17.5 cm), unmatted.
Condition: Good.

N.B. Aldrin observes the landing site from the lunar-science station (EASEP site): "The disappearing of the horizon, it is distinct. There's no haze, no nothing obscuring it, and that makes distant objects appear clear, very clear. And then there's the rock, and then there's nothing. You look out and you see that. Whether you realize it or not, you're looking at the edge of a ball, and you're on it. And that sensation was clear as distinctly different than on Earth. It is curving away. Not that it just grabs you immediately that you're on the knoll of a hill, it's not that; it's more than that, but a little bit of intellect and a little bit of everything says, Gee, this is really obvious that it is a sphere that we're walking on" (Chaikin, Voices, p. 66).

Literature: Thomas, pp. 202-03; Hope, p. 28.
Estimate $500-700

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Kodak, American people of German descent, Apollo 1, Apollo 11, Aviation, Buzz Aldrin, Chromogenic, Civil awards and decorations of the United States, Neil Armstrong, Spaceflight