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

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

Neil Armstrong on the next moon An American flag. The Leica dog sits in a space capsule, shortly before becoming the first animal to orbit the Earth. Buzz Aldrin taking a selfie, in the first self-portrait made in space, with a blue curve behind our planet.

These are only three 2,400 rare NASA photos are now up for sale at an online auction hosted by Christie’s. The images are being auctioned off as the “Golden Age of Space Research” A news release.

“Blue Marble” is the first fully glowing photograph of the Earth taken by a man in 1972. debt: Harrison Schmidt / Christie

The collection of original photos spans many historical missions, from the Mercury and Gemini space travel projects to the Apollo moon missions. Some images, such as the “Blue Marble” image taken by the Apollo 17 crew, are now iconic – the first full-fledged photograph of the Earth taken by a man in space.

However, others were not released at the time taken by NASA, and they are new to the general public.

Very expensive material Offer only photo Shows Armstrong on the moon taken by Aldrin during the 1969 Apollo 11 mission. It is estimated According to the auction house, it is worth between 30,000 and 000 to 50,000 (approximately, 800 37,800 to 000 63,000).

The first self-portrait in space was taken by Bus Aldrin in 1966.

The first self-portrait in space was taken by Bus Aldrin in 1966. debt: Buzz Aldrin / Christie

Other high value films include “Blue marble, “It is estimated to sell for up to 25,000 (, 500 31,500), and a photo of the chief “Earthrise” Found in space by humans dated 1968 and worth up to $ 30,000 (, 800 37,800).

The images were taken while photography was still analogous, requiring “light-sensitive chemistry, film and photographic documentation,” the statement said. The astronauts were instructed on photography In NASA space with experts like Kodak and National Geographic.

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“Through their cameras, the returning astronauts were able to convey the beauty and depth of their experience to humans in space, always changing about us and our place in the universe,” the statement said.

Crescent Earth rises beyond the barren horizon of the Moon taken in 1971.

Crescent Earth rises beyond the barren horizon of the Moon taken in 1971. debt: Alfred Warden / Christie

For decades, unpublished photographs were stored in the archives of the Manned Space Shuttle Center in Houston, Texas, only accessible Accredited researchers. The collection, which has been assembled over 15 years by private collector Victor Martin-Malburrett, is on display in museums around the world, including the Grand Palace in Paris and the Kunstas in Zurich.

“Astronauts are often portrayed as great scientists and heroes, but they are always hailed as the most important photographers,” Martin-Malburet was quoted as saying in the release.

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

First U.S. spacewalk, Ed White's EVA over Texas, June 3-7, 1965.

First U.S. spacewalk, Ed White’s EVA over Texas, June 3-7, 1965. debt: James McDevitt / Christie

Photos are now being auctioned off to “add others to their collection now”. As stated in it Christie’s Auction Website. The online sale, titled “Voyage to the World: The Victor Martin-Malfred Photo Collection”, runs through November 19.

Best Image Title: Neil Armstrong’s only photo on the moon, taken in 1969.

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