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James Irwin (American, 1930-1991)






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


James Irwin (American, 1930-1991)
The majestic Mount Hadley Delta, Station 10, EVA 3, Apollo 15, August 1971. Numbered 'NASA AS15-85-11175' and 'NASA AS15-85-11180' (NASA MSC) in black on the recto along upper margins. Mosaic of two vintage gelatin silver prints, overall size 8 x 16 1/2 in. (20.1 x 41.8 cm), unmatted.
Condition: Minor handling crimps to u.l. corner and c.l. edge.

N.B. Mount Hadley Delta with St. George Crater punched on its edge is part of the front range of the Apennine mountains and rises 3,600 meters above the floor of the Sea of Rains. Hadley Rille lunar canyon is at the center and right of the image. Jim Irwin was standing at the north rim of the 45 meter-in-diameter Rim Crater in the foreground as he took the panorama. The summit of Mount Hadley Delta is about 18 kilometers away, the diameter of St. George Crater is 2.4 kilometers. "It had a majestic feeling about it,' said Apollo 14 astronaut Alan Shepard. 'And one says this after talking about how it's dusty, it's gray, nothing's growing, nothing of any real beauty. But yet, take it all together with the vastness of it, the sense of history, the boulders, and the elevations we had on our flight and certainly some of the other flights, Hadley for example, it really is majestic, in the sense of a desolate mountain desert type of a setting" (Chaikin, Voices, p. 66). The first print is numbered in error, the correct negative number is AS15-85-11178.

Literature: NASA SP-289, appendix D, figure D-15; Light, plate 90.
Estimate $1,500-2,500

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