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Earth, Apollo 10 Moon Mission, Vintage Color NASA Photography
Earth, Apollo 10 Moon Mission, Vintage Color NASA Photography
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Earth, Apollo 10 Moon Mission, Vintage Color NASA Photography

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A vintage color chromogenic print on fiber-based Kodak paper, Earth, is from the Apollo 10 Moon Mission in May 1969. It is a 14" x 11" color photograph mounted on 20" x 16" board with signatures (recto) on the board.

The value of vintage NASA photographs from the historic space missions, beginning in the 1960s, is increasing as the scientific community moves forward with innovations to explore distant galaxies, such as the development of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).

Provenance: Private Collector

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Backstory:

The Apollo X crew nicknamed its command/service and lunar modules Charlie Brown and Snoopy after the Peanuts comic strip by Charles Schulz who created artwork for the project. Apollo X cleared the pathway - was a kind of dress rehearsal - for the first moon landing by Apollo X1.

The Earth is seen from a distance of 36,000 nautical miles. The onboard cameras for the Apollo 10 mission were modified Hasselblad 500 EL cameras, with 80-millimeter and 250-millimeter Zeiss pancolar lenses.

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NASA photographs from 1966-75 captured the dusty, rocky, beautiful surfaces of the moon and the lunar experiments conducted by the astronauts. The views of the earth taken from the moon were a scientific and artistic feat, which inspired the popular imagination.

Not only was the achievement of guiding a spacecraft to a lunar destination a miracle of engineering but also the process of photographing and relaying images back to earth was unprecedented technologically.

The Webb Telescope Is the latest milestone for NASA and space exploration. The deployment of JWST in space on Dec 25, 2021 from French Guyana allows a team of international researchers, using the telescope’s revolutionary hexagonal segments, mirrors, and infrared camera, to survey and study the stars, star clusters, and dust from the beginning of time, the early stages of the universe, at the rocket’s destination Lagrange Point 2 (L2), 1.5 million kilometers from earth. On Jan 24, 2022 JWST arrived and parked itself at L2.

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