Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Exploration of Space

Vintage NASA photographs from the collection of Victor Martin-Malburet were recently sold at London's Bloomsbury Auctions. Wish I had a spare couple-of-hundred quid!...

Wide-angle view of the hidden side of the Moon, Lunar Orbiter 5, 6 August 1967

James Irwin David Scott photographs samples on the Moon, Apollo 15, August 1971
This is astronaut David Scott from Apollo 15, August 1971. Scott is on the slope of Hadley Delta, some 10.5 miles from the base of the Apennine Mountains seen in the background.

Copernicus crater and its mountainous landscape, Lunar Orbiter 2, November 1966
Copernicus crater and its mountainous landscape, Lunar Orbiter 2, November 1966. The remarkable clarity is attributable to the absence of atmosphere.

The CSM in lunar orbit, seen from the LM, Apollo 15, August 1971
The CSM in lunar orbit, seen from the LM, Apollo 15, August 1971

The Agena Target Vehicle illuminated by the Sun in Earth orbit, Gemini 10, July 1966
The Agena Target Vehicle illuminated by the Sun in Earth orbit, Gemini 10, July 1966. Mission pilot Michael Collins earned the dubious honour of becoming the first person to lose a camera in space during his spacewalk.

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