Lot 13
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Lunar Orbiter V

100,000 - 125,000 USD
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  • Oversize view of the crater Aristarchus, 18 August 1967
  • paper, ink
4 telephoto panoramas, each comprising 8 silver gelatin prints mounted, of Lunar Orbiter images 197-200H, 51½ by 57¾ inches overall, framed. 


Ex George T. Keene, Head of Kodak's Photo Science Group


See Bowker & Hughes, Lunar Orbiter Photographic Atlas of the Moon; Illustrated in: Cortright, Exploring Space with a Camera, pp 122-23.

Catalogue Note

ONE OF ONLY TWO KNOWN COPIES of this impressive image of the complex impact crater Aristarchus, taken using a 24-inch focal length lens from an altitude of 80 miles. Aristarchus is considered the brightest of the large formations on the lunar surface, and is visible to the naked eye, being 23 miles in diameter, and 10,000 feet deep. Probably formed about 175 million years ago, it is one of the most geologically interesting regions of the moon, and there have even been periodic sightings of reddish gas emissions from the crater rim.

The only other known copy of this image is in the collection of the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York.

EXHIBITED: Lunar Landscapes, Menil Collection, Houston, TX, March 10-June 4, 2000.