Seldom Seen Pictures From Space

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Hundreds of photographs from the initial years of the space age are for auction. That contains the first picture taken from space — from an elevation of 65 miles by a camera on a V-2 rocket launched from the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico on Oct. 24, 1946. (The border to outer space is usually placed at 100 kilometers, or 62.1 miles.)

The prints are antique — dating from that era, not new copies — and come from the collection of a single European collector, said Sarah Wheeler, head of photographs at Bloomsbury Auctions in London. The more than 1,100 photographs, to be sold are predicted to fetch $750,000 to $1 million.

Some are iconic NASA Images, like Apollo 8’s “Earthrise,” which displays our planet floating above the lunar horizon, and Buzz Aldrin’s boot print in the moon’s soil, taken during the Apollo 11 mission.

But others were never extensively spread by NASA, and though some have been accessible on the web, the pictures are still unfamiliar to most. That comprises a selfie taken by Mr. Aldrin in 1966 as he was floating in orbit during a Gemini 12 spacewalk.

1. Floating 

In the Gemini 4 flight in June 1965,Edward H. White turned out to be the first American to accomplish a spacewalk. Sarah Wheeler, the head of pictures at Bloomsbury London, which is managing the photograph auction, said the spacewalk photographs looks like sights from 'Gravity." They remind me of George Clooney," she said. 


James McDivitt/NASA, via Bloomsbury Auctions

2. First Photo from Space 

A camera on a V-2 launched Oct. 24, 1946, from the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico capturing the first Image from above the 100-kilometer height above sea level that is defined as the edge of space. 


Johns Hopkins University, via Bloomsbury Auctions

3. Vintage Prints

The 1959 night launch of a Thor missile from Cape Canaveral, Fla. It is one of more than 1,100 Pictures from a European collector. 


US ARMY/NASA, via Bloomsbury Auctions

4. Earth in Color. 

Although the camera on-board the United States Air Force's Dodge satellite only captured black-and-white pictures, three photographs with red, green and blue filters were joint to make the first color picture of the whole planet, from a distance of 18,000 miles. 


US Airforce/John Hopkins University/NASA, via Bloomsbury Auctions

5. American in Orbit. 

On Feb. 20, 1962, John Glenn became the first American cosmonaut to circle the Earth on the third of NASA's Mercury missions. The earlier two were suborbital — they went up and then came right back down about 15 minutes later, more like a big roller coaster trip. 


NASA, via Bloomsbury Auctions

6. Fashion Statement

After Mercury, NASA boarded on the more motivated Gemini flights that carried two cosmonauts each into orbit. A mockup of the capsule, showcased in February 1965, was made by McDonnell Aircraft. 


NASA, via Bloomsbury Auctions

7. Self-Portrait

In November 1966, Buzz Aldrin rotated the camera on himself meanwhile in a spacewalk. Last July, Mr. Aldrin posted on Twitter: "Did you know I took the first space selfie during Gemini 12 mission in 1966? BEST SELFIE EVER." 


Buzz Aldrin/NASA, via Bloomsbury Auctions

8. Orbital Rendezvous

One of the vital skills NASA required to perfect before heading to the moon was docking with another spacecraft. Here, the Gemini 10 capsule, with John Young and Michael Collins, is approaching the unmanned Agena spacecraft about 100 feet away.


9. Earth Horizon

Apollo 7 carrying cosmonauts to space. "It's very hard to photograph from space," said Walter Cunningham, one of the crew of three. "You have only 45 minutes of sunshine, and the first and last portions are not all that handy for color matching. So you're waiting there for the mid of a 45-minute period with one of the windows pointed close to the vertical instead of being pointed out into space." 


Walter Cunningham/NASA, via Bloomsbury Auctions

10. On the Way to the Sea of Tranquillity 

As Apollo 11, with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, descended for its historic moon landing on July 20, 1969, pictures captured the pockmarked landscape underneath.


NASA, via Bloomsbury Auctions

11. Moonscapes

Sarah Wheeler of Bloomsbury London said she was hit by panoramas like this one by James Irwin during Apollo 15. "Astonishing from a visual point of view," she said. Wearing bulky spacesuits, the cosmonauts could not look through a viewfinder. In its place, the Hasselblad cameras were fixed to their chests, and the photographs were sewed together later. David Scott is the cosmonaut standing on the edge of the canyon. 


James Irwin/NASA, via Bloomsbury Auctions

12. Moon Buggy

A battery –Driven Moon rover helped cosmonauts on 15, 16 and 17 Apollo Missions to cover more ground and collect more samples of Rock and Moon Soil.



13. Earth Rise

The crescent Earth rising behind the Moon, captured by astronauts on Apollo 17. “I thought about it when we left the surface,” Said Eugene Cernan, Commander of Apollo 17. “I knew it would be a long time. I just sensed it might very well be a generation before we get back to the Moon. I'm possibly going to be proven right”.




Source: NYTimes

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