Rare NASA Photos Are Now Up For Auction
A spacecraft mission known as the Cassini-Huygens, ended last September and it was considered to be a great success. It actually lasted for about 20 years and it was made possible by the collaboration between National Aeronautics and Space Administration or NASA and European Space Agency or the. ESA. However, that is not the biggest success that the NASA actually achieved because 48 years ago, the giant leap for mankind happened.
THE FIRST TRIP TO THE MOON
This is actually known to be the most phenomenal thing mankind has ever done in history. Two American Astronauts, Neil Armstrong, the mission commander, together with the pilot, Buzz Aldrin, managed to land not just in any place, but to the outer space on the Earth’s moon, Luna. This literally out of this world journey took place on July 1969.
It was actually Armstrong who is the first one to step onto the moon’s lunar surface, six hours after landing. Then Aldrin joined him about 20 minutes later. According to the reports from NASA, they spent more than two hours outside their spacecraft to collect about 47.5 lbs of lunar material to bring back home. The mission took 8 days to complete, and they were also with another astronaut, Michael Collins, who piloted the command module alone in the lunar orbit.
We all wouldn’t be able to witness all of these without the photos that these astronauts took. Which is why even after 48 years later since man went to the moon, these memories are definitely worth keeping for the future generation.
VINTAGE NASA PHOTOS UP FOR AUCTION
Some of the rarest photos are now up for auction by the Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers in Marlborough, Massachusetts. According to their official statement, people can actually leave their bids online since the live auction will be on the 2nd of November.
The Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers said that the photos that will be up for auction are some of the rarest photos ever taken by American astronauts throughout the history, and this actually includes the first ever photo of the Earth that was taken from space. This photo was actually from October 1946, not long after the World War II. These photos were founded by a group of soldiers and scientists in New Mexico and were considered as the very first photos of the Earth from space.
Another photo that would be up for auction is the footprint of Buzz Aldrin on the surface of the moon back in 1969. Some of the photos also include some shots from the original seven Project Mercury, the Nile River and the Red Sea from space, as well as a photo of the last man on the moon, Eugene Cernan. He was the commander of the final Apollo lunar landing mission that took place in 1972, he, unfortunately, died earlier this year at the age of 82. He was also known to be the second man to ever conduct a spacewalk during the Gemini 9A mission back in 1966.
These photos were printed around the time negatives were made, but according to the spokeswoman of Skinner, it wasn’t certain how many were made during that time, although some of the photos actually have original NASA marks and captions as well as their original identifying numbers with Kodak paper watermarks.
“While the astronaut’s primary goal was to record their activities, they were inspired by what they witnessed, creating images that transcend documentation, allowing viewers to share in the magic and excitements of space travel,” the Skinner spokeswoman said. This is actually the very first United States auction that focuses only on the vintage photographs that were taken by NASA. The auction house is currently selling 446 lots, which is actually a term in the auction world that is used to describe an individual or even a group of objects that is up for sale as a single unit.
According to a photographic specialist, Michelle Lamuniere: “All the photos can be appreciated for their historical and documentary appeal, but also as a form of artistic expression.”
The value of the imagines may vary from $300 to $9,000. Before the auction takes place, there will be a public viewing of the photos on Halloween, October 31st and November 1. All these photos didn’t actually come from NASA, in fact, these photos came from a single collector who chooses to remain anonymous.
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