NASA Space Photos: Rare images of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin up for auction

NASA Space Photos: Rare images of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin up for auction

Neil Armstrong on the next moon An American flag. Shortly before becoming the first animal to orbit the Earth, Laika, a dog sitting in a space capsule. Buzz Aldrin taking a selfie, the blue curve behind our planet, in the first self-portrait created in space.

These are just three 2,400 rare NASA photos are now available for sale at an online auction hosted by Christie’s. “Golden Age of Space Exploration,” captures image auction house A press statement.

“Bali Mar Marble,” In 1972, the first fully published photograph of the earth taken by man. Credit: Of Harrison Smith / Christie’s

The collection of original images covers many historical missions, from the Mercury and Gemini spaceflight programs to the Apollo Moon missions. Some pictures are now popular, such as the “blue marble” picture taken by the crew of Apollo 17 – the first fully published picture of Earth by a man in space.

Others, however, were not released when taken by NASA, and are new to the general public.

The most expensive thing Only photos on offer Armstrong showing on the moon, taken by Aldrin in 1969 during the Apollo 11 mission. It is estimated Prices range from £ 30,000 to 000 50,000 (approximately 37 37,800 to $ 63,000), according to the auction house.

The first self-portrait in space, taken in 1966 by Buzz Aldrin.

The first self-portrait in space, taken in 1966 by Buzz Aldrin. Credit: Buzz Aldrin / Christie’s

Other high-value images include “Blue marble, Which is estimated to sell for about 25 25,000 (31,500), and a photo of the first “Eclipse” Seen in space by man, dated 1968 and priced at ,000 30,000 (37,800).

The press release said the photographs were still taken when the photography was in analog, which required “light sensitive chemicals, film and photographic papers.” The astronauts were instructed to take photographs With experts from Kodak and National Geographic, in space by NASA.

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“Through their cameras, the astronauts were able to bring to humanity the beauty and depth of their experience in space, forever changing the way we see ourselves and our place in the universe,” the release said. Said in the release.

Emerging crescent earth beyond the barren distance of the moon, taken in 1971.

Emerging crescent earth beyond the barren distance of the moon, taken in 1971. Credit: Of Alfred Verden / Christie

For decades, unwanted photos have been in the archives of the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, Texas and were accessible only by Accredited researchers. Artifacts collected over 15 years by private collector Victor Martin-Malburet are on display in museums around the world, including the Grand Palace in Paris and the Constance in Zurich.

“Astronauts are often hailed as great scientists and heroes, but they are hardly praised as the most important photographers ever,” Martin-Malburet was quoted as saying.

“Mercury and Gemini’s early pioneers were given canvas as space and earth; Apollo was an alien world astronaut.”

The first U.S. spacewalk was launched by Ed White's EVA over Texas on June 3-7, 1965.

The first U.S. spacewalk was launched by Ed White’s EVA over Texas on June 3-7, 1965. Credit: Of James McDevitt / Christie

The photo auction is now “for others to add to your collection.” Accordingly Christie’s Auction Website. Sale Online Sale, entitled “Wise to Another World: The Victor Martin-Malburet Photograph Collection” runs November 19.

Top image caption: Neil Armstrong’s only photo on the moon, taken in 1969.

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