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The ascent stage of the Lunar Module returning from the Moon, Apollo 17 (Large Format)

December 1972 

£2,600 (Framed in a large format frame £164.40)

Credit: Ronald Evans

Large format vintage chromogenic print, 35.5 x 27.8 cm

[NASA negative number AS17-149-22857]

 

This is the last photograph of a spacecraft orbiting the Moon. The Lunar Module descent stage was used as a launch platform and remains on the Moon. At its foot the crew left a letter which read: ‘Here man ended his exploration of the Moon, December 1972. May the spirit of peace, in the name of which we came here, reflect upon the life of all mankind.’

This 70mm view shows the Lunar Module (LM) Challenger in lunar orbit before rendezvous with the Apollo 17 Command and Service Modules (CSM). While astronauts Eugene A. Cernan, commander, and Harrison H. Schmitt, lunar module pilot, descended in the Challenger to explore the Taurus-Littrow region of the moon, astronaut Ronald E. Evans, command module pilot, remained with the CSM America in lunar orbit.

  • NASA VINTAGE

    The vintage photographs, many of which retain original NASA catalogue stamps on the reverse, were taken by the men, women and machines of NASA over a period of nearly twenty years. They include photographs from the Gemini 4, 5 and 7 missions; Apollo 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16 and 17; and the Mercury-Atlas and Voyager missions. They also include historic and iconic images such as Ed White’s spacewalk, the first completed by an American astronaut, the Apollo 8 ‘Earthrise’ and the era-defining Apollo 11 ‘Visor’ photograph taken of Buzz Aldrin by Neil Armstrong.

     

    Vintage NASA prints, processed by NASA’s photographic laboratories shortly after the date of the scene depicted. As contemporary, original prints of pictures taken by astronaut-photographers such as Neil Armstrong, they are very rare and difficult to find, especially in good condition. Generally speaking, vintage NASA photographs were printed on fibre-based photographic paper, 20 x 25 cm (8 x 10 in). Most are printed on “A Kodak Paper”, a watermark which changed in 1972.  Unless otherwise stated, all photographs are glossy prints on paper. 

     

    NASA produced master duplicates of all negatives after each mission, while the originals were locked away in cold store. From the master duplicates photographs were printed and distributed for the use of NASA’s own scientists and public relations department.

  • Specialist Framing

    Standard Frame: £105

     

    - 37 x 41 cm profile

    - 1.5 cm wide at the front

    - 3 cm deep

    - Dark stained fine grained wood, floated in a cream window mount with edges visible surrounded by a margin of 3 mm

    - special corner fix for each photograph

    - Anti-UV glass

     

    Large Format Frame: £164.40

     

    Specification:

    - 51.8 x 57.4 cm profile

    - 1.5 cm wide at the front

    - 3 cm deep

    - Dark stained fine grained wood, floated in a cream window mount with edges visible surrounded by a margin of 3 mm

    - Anti-UV glass

    - special corner fix for each photograph

     

    Transparent Back Frame: £145.00

     

    - 37 x 41 cm profile

    - 1.5 cm wide at the front

    - 3 cm deep

    - Dark stained fine grained wood, floated in a cream window mount with edges visible surrounded by a margin of 3 mm

    - special perspex back for viewing the NASA stapm on the back 

    - Anti-UV glass

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