Lot 7
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Lunar Orbiter II

Estimate
3,000 - 5,000 USD
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8,125 USD
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Description

  • "THE PICTURE OF THE CENTURY" - OBLIQUE VIEW INTO THE HEART OF CRATER COPERNICUS, 24 NOVEMBER 1966
  • silver gelatin photoraphic print
Silver gelatin print, 16 by 20 inches, of Lunar Orbiter image II-162-H3.

Literature

See Bowker & Hughes, Lunar Orbiter Photographic Atlas of the Moon; Illustrated in: Cortright, Exploring Space with a Camera, p 89.

Catalogue Note

Hailed by Life magazine as "The Picture of the Century," this image was taken from approximately 28.4 miles above the lunar surface, from a vantage point of 150 miles south of the crater. Until this photo was taken, the few images that had been taken of the lunar surface were from a perpendicular angle - this was the first to be taken from an oblique angle, and thus the first ever view of the rugged surface, with its mountains and valleys. 
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