Taken by a 16mm Maurer Camera Mounted on the Command Module Casper
The deep space EVA of Ken Mattingly during the return from the Moon, Apollo 16, April 1972. Numbered 'NASA S72-37001' (NASA MSC) in red on the recto u.l. margin. Vintage chromogenic print on fiber-based Kodak paper with 'A Kodak Paper' watermark on the verso, image size 7 x 9 1/2 in. (17.5 x 24.0 cm), unmatted.
Condition: Minor crease to u.l. corner of sheet.
N.B. Assisted by Charles Duke in the foreground during his EVA, Mattingly inspects the SIM bay of the Service Module and retrieves film from the Mapping and Panoramic cameras. This view is a frame from motion picture film exposed by a Maurer camera. "Lunar missions can be described as a ceaseless stream of unimaginable experiences. This picture is a reminder of one of these; an emotionally overwhelming sensation of space...,' recalled Mattingly. 'There was nothing to see except our silver spacecraft with Charlie in the hatch. No colorful Earth, no white Moon, not one star; nothing but us and the Sun. Without visual clues, even the familiar voice from Mission Control did not break the profound sense of detachment and appreciation for the true meaning of the expression 'deep space'" (Jacobs, p. 115).
Literature: Jacobs, pp. 114-15.
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