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Sale 2474 Lot 285
Archive of approximately 1,540 NASA photographs, which are carefully arranged in 9 thematic binders, relating to the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions.
Ferrotyped silver prints, the images measuring 7 1/2x9 1/2 inches (19.1x24.1 cm.), and the reverse, the sheets slightly larger, most with mimeographed captions affixed to verso and captions in the negative. 1961-72
Estimate $9,000 - 12,000
An extraordinary visual record of the U.S.'s remarkable space program, notably its halcyon days resulting in numerous "firsts," including the first American to orbit the Earth (John Glenn), the first spacewalk (Ed White), and the first man to step foot on the moon (Neil Armstrong), among others. The collection features images of heroic astronauts, scientists, and engineers associated with the numerous missions from 1961-1972, the first eleven years of manned missions. Highlights include photographs depicting liftoff, astronauts floating in space, Earthrise, capsules "rendezvousing," the dark side of the moon, and the lunar surface, including the moon walk and lunar rover.
The collector who compiled the archive was employed by a national picture agency. During this pre-digital period, more photographs were made available to news outlets than were required. Once the demand for images of an event diminished, excess photographic prints were typically destroyed. This collection contains press prints that were saved from destruction.
A complete video is available upon request.
BINDER 1, Manned Mercury Missions #3, #4 and #6
The first US manned orbital flight at an orbit 100-162 miles from the Earth.
A. Lt. Commander Alan B. Shepard, Mercury 3, Freedom 7, Launch Date May 5, 1961: Total: 35 photographs;
B. Capt. Virgil I. "Gus" Grisom, Mercury 4, Liberty Bell 7, Launch Date July 21, 1961: Total: 27 photographs;
C. Major H. Glenn, Jr. Mercury 6, Friendship 7, Launch Date Feb. 20, 1962:
Total: 88 photographs.
BINDER 2, Manned Mercury Missions #7, #8 and # 9
Mercury Missions #7
The second US manned orbital flight which orbited the Earth three times.
Walter Schirra orbited the Earth six times during this 9 hour mission.
Cooper pilots the longest and last Mercury mission, totalling 34 hours in space.
A. Lt. Malcolm Scott Carpenter, Mercury 7, Aurora 7, Launch date May 24, 1962: Total: 77 photographs;
B. Lt. Commander Walter M. "Wally" Shirra, Jr. Mercury 8, Launch Date October 3, 1962: Total: 50 photographs;
C. Capt. Lery Gordon "Gordo" Cooper, Mercury 9, Faith 7, Launch date May 15, 1963: Total: 44 photographs.
BINDER 3, Manned Project Gemini Flights, Mission #3, #4, and #5,
Titan Missions #3
Starting the Gemini program, this spacecraft was the first to carry a computer for guidance and was powered by rocket. The manueverability of this craft led to the eventual rendezvous and docking of vehicles in space.
This mission set a four-day endurance record. White made the first American spacewalk for 21 minutes.
Cooper and Conrad set the world endurance record by spending 8 days in orbit. This proved that humans could survive in space long enough to travel to the moon and back.
A. Vigil "Gus" Grissom and John W. Young, Gemini 3, GT-3, Molly Brown, Launch Date March 23, 1965: Total: 56 photographs
B. James A. McDivitt and Edward H. White, Gemini 4, First Space Walk, Launch date June 3, 1965, Total: 82 photographs;
C. L. Gordon Cooper and Charles "Pete" Conrad, Gemini 5, Launch date August 21, 1965, Total: 61 photographs.
BINDER 4, Manned Gemini Missions #6, #7 and #8
A. Walter M. Schirra and Thomas P. Stafford, Gemin #6, Launch Date December 15, 1965, Total: 54 photographs;
B. Frank A. Borman and James A. Lovell, Gemini 7, Launch Date December 4, 1965, Total: 71 photographs;
This mission set yet another endurance record of 13 days and made the first American rendezvous between two manned spacecraft with Gemini 6
C. Neil A. Armstrong and David R. Scott, Gemini #8, Launch Date March 16, 1966, Total: 75 photographs
Armstrong and Scott perform the first docking in space with another space vehicle, an Agena target rocket. The mission was prematurely terminated after only 10 hours and 41 minutes due to problems with a stuck thruster.
BINDER 5, Manned Gemini Missions #9, # 10, #11, and #12
A. Thomas P. Stafford and Eugene Cernan, Gemini 9, Launch Date June 3, 1966,
Total: 2 photographs;
Rendezvoused with the Augmented Target Docking Adaptor, but were unable to dock with the vehicle.
B. John W. Young and Michael Collins, Gemini 10, Launch date July 18, 1966,
Total: 36 photographs
Gemini 10 reached a record altitude of 468 miles (752km). The craft rendevoused and docked two different Agena targets and Collins performed two spacewalks.
C. Charles "Pete" Conrad and Richard F. Gordon, Gemini 11, Lanuch date September 12, 1966, Total: 35 photographs
Gemini made the first American autopilot reentry and landing. A new record altitude was made of 850 miles (1360km). Gemini made a rendezvous and docking with a target Agena and Gordon made two spacewalks.
D. James A. Lovell and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, Gemini 12, Launch date November 11, 1966, Total: 43 photographs
In this last Gemini mission, Aldrin made three spacewalks totaling 5.5 hours. He performed several simple tasks with tools outside the spacecraft.
BINDER 6, Manned Apollo Missions #7 and #8
A. Walter M. Schirra, Jr., Donn F. Eisele, and R. Walter Cunningham, Apollo 7, Launch date October 11, 1968, Total: 83 photographs
The Apollo spacecraft makes its first flight as the astronauts perform several tests during its 11 days in orbit. The first live television pictures from space occurs on this mission.
B. Frank A. Borman, James A. Lovell, and William A. Anders, Apollo 8. Launch date December 21, 1968, Total: 95 photographs
This Saturn 5 rocket sent the astronauts to the far side of the moon, a first in manned flight. They made ten orbits around the moon on this most powerful rocket ever used in manned flight.
BINDER 7, Manned Apollo Missions #9 and #10
A. James A. McDivitt, David R. Scott, and Russell L. Schweickart,
Apollo 9. Launch date March 3, 1969, Total: 87 photographs;
McDivitt and Schweickart made the first manned test of the lunar module (lm), while Scott remained aboard the command module (cm).
B. Thomas P. Stafford, John W. Young, and Eugene A. Cernan, Apollo 10, Launch date May 18, 1969, Total: 67 photographs;
This mission was a dress rehearsal for a lunar landing. The lunar module came within 10 miles of the surface of the moon and took photographs of the Apollo 11 landing site.
BINDER 8, Manned Apollo Missions #11, #12 and #13
A. Neil A. Armstrong, Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin, and Michael Collins, Apollo 11, Launch date July 16, 1969: Total: 67 photographs;
Apollo 11 successfully completed the first manned mission to the lunar surface. At 10:56am on July 20, Neil Armstrong became the first human to walk on the moon, joined 18 minutes by Aldrin. Armstrong and Aldrin remained on the surface for 20 hours and took a two-hour moonwalk.
B. Charles "Pete" Conrad, Richard F. Gordon, Jr. and Alan L. Bean, Apollo 12, Launch date November 14, 1969, Total: 62 photographs;
Apollo 12 made the second landing on the moon. Conrad and Bean collected 31 kilograms of lunar rock and soil, and retrieved parts of the unmanned Surveyor 3 spacecraft.
The third manned lunar landing was aborted due to an explosion aboard the command module on April 13. Lovell, Swigert, and Haise used the lunar module as a lifeboat. Through the heroic work of the astronauts and ground engineers, the spacecraft and crew returned safely to Earth.
C. Jeams A. Lovell, Jr., John L. "Jack" Swigert, Jr., and Fred W. Haise, Jr. Apollo 13
Launch date April 11, 1970, Total: 72 photographs.
BINDER 9, Manned Apollo Missions #14, #15 and #16
A Alan B. Shepard, Jr., Stuart A. Roosa, and Edgar D. Mitchell, Apollo 14, Launch date January 31, 1971, Total: 79 photographs;
Apollo 14 was the third successful lunar landing mission. This mission was the first to use a tool cart on the moon, for the collection of more rock and soil samples.
B. David R. Scott, Alfred M. Worden, and James B. Irwin, Apollo 15, Launch date July 26, 1971, Total: 52 photographs;
Scott and Irwin became the first astronauts to use the Lunar Roving Vehicle during the fourth successful lunar landing.
C. John W. Young, T. Kenneth Mattingly II, and Charles M. Duke, Jr., Apollo 16, Launch date April 16, 1972, Total: 44 photographs.
Young and Duke visited the previously unexplored lunar highlands, using the Lunar Rover a second time.
Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $52,500