INCLUDES OBLIQUE VIEW OF THE COPERNICUS CRATER, DUBBED'THE PICTURE OF THE CENTURY', AND A MAGNIFICATION OF THE SAME. LUNAR ORBITER PROGRAM a series of five unmanned lunar orbiter missions launched by the United States from 1966 through to 1967. These included a spectacular oblique picture of Copernicus crater, which was dubbed by the news media as one of the great pictures of the century. The spacecraft eventually impacted upon the lunar surface on command.In 2011, NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) was able to locate and image the precise impact point of the spacecraft. The debris from an impact angle of 45 degrees or more spreads out like butterfly wings. A superb collection of 7 original vintage NASA photographs of the surface of the Moon taken by Lunar Orbiter II in its quest for viable Surveyor and Apollo landing sites, June 1967, including the famous Copernicus'Picture of the Century', as well a magnification of the top portion of the same image. A total of 7 original vintage NASA.
Gelatin silver prints on fibre-based paper, i. NASA "Black Number" print L-66-9572 with NASA caption printed in black on the reverse. Three images featuring violet mimeographed NASA captions on the reverse. And two unnumbered photographs, with typed captions; and one with longer typed near contemporary caption affixed to the rear.All from the same private collection. 26 x 20.25 cm (10 ¼ x 8 inches), with margins. Tape marks to rear of the Copernicus crater photograph. Very minor edge wear and light creasing to a couple of corners.
Please ask if you require a more detailed condition report, and view gallery images closely. These 7 vintage and wholly original NASA photographs are all related to the Lunar Orbiter II mission around the Moon to take photographs of its surface in order to establish viable landing sites for the Surveyor and Apollo missions. The images show different sections of the Moon's craterous surface and include a famous oblique view of the crater Copernicus, which at the time amazed the world and was subsequently dubbed'the picture of the century'. There is also a magnification of the top part of this photo.
The main Copernicus crater picture appears to have been printed in the year it was taken (as surmised by the wording on the caption affixed to the rear). The remainder are also contemporary or near contemporary, aside from two with shorter typed captions, which may have been printed after the year of the mission, but probably no more than a year or two. Provenance: from a private collection in England. This item is in the category "Collectables\Photographic Images\Photographs".
The seller is "kernoozers" and is located in this country: GB. This item can be shipped worldwide.