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Apollo 11 EVA

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Space History for Sale. The following ten frames are some of the very first images to be taken by humans on another planet. All shot on July 20, 1969 by Apollo 11 Commander Neil A. Armstrong, these shots show various activies early in the first Lunar EVA in history. The pictures were acquired by Dave Frederick and Caree Waltz, of Leander, Texas, at a Hill Country estate sale and auction from the late Ed Carlson, who apparently worked at NASA as a photographer or photolab technician for many years. These images had been printed at 8" by 8" on Kodak RC paper, from a roll, then cut to size, (several of the prints show a thin edge on the right side of the frame containing a small sliver of the left side).

Hasselblad Lunar Surface CameraThe Hasselblad Lunar Surface Camera (left) is a rugged version of the commercial electric Hasselblad camera, 500EL, and is used for medium resolution, photogrammetric photography during the Apollo and Skylab missions. This camera incorporates a glass reseau plate positioned immediately in front of the flm plane. The reseau plate places a pattern of precision crosses on each photograph to facilitate photogrammetric utilization of the photography. The HLSC weighed 3.10 Ibs. The lens was a 60 mm f/5.6 Zeiss Biogon. Loaded with 70mm thin base film the capacity of the magazine was 160 frames. The film used was ASA/ISO 160 Ektachrome reversal emulsions on the Estar polyester base, in double-perforated 70mm format. (Thanks to Jay Windley of the Project Apollo Discussion Group for this information.)

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Apollo 11 EVA Frame 40-5868
Apollo 11 EVA Frame 40-5868
Aldrin climbs down
Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot, descends the steps of the Lunar Module (LM) ladder as he prepares to walk on the Moon. He had just egressed the LM. This picture was taken by Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, commander, with a 70mm lunar surface camera.
Apollo 11 EVA Frame 40-5873
Apollo 11 EVA Frame 40-5873
Aldrin beside SWC
Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot, is photographed beside the Solar Wind Composition experiment, a component of the Early Apollo Scientific Experiments Package (EASEP).
Apollo 11 EVA Frame 40-5875
Apollo 11 EVA Frame 40-5875
Aldrin beside U.S. flag
Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot, poses for a photograph beside the deployed United States flag during Apollo 11 extravehicular activity on the lunar surface. The Lunar Module "Eagle" is on the left. The footprints of the astronauts are clearly visible in the soil of the moon. This picture was taken by Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, commander, with a 70mm lunar surface camera.
Apollo 11 EVA Frame 40-5880
Apollo 11 EVA Frame 40-5880
Footprints on the Moon
Close-up view of an astronaut's footprint in the lunar soil photographed with a 70mm lunar surface camera during the Apollo 11 extravehicular acitivty on the moon.
Apollo 11 EVA Frame 40-5902
Apollo 11 EVA Frame 40-5902
Aldrin & LM Leg
Astronaut Edwin F. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot, walks on the Moon near a leg of the Lunar Module during Apollo 11 extravehicular activity. Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, Apollo 11 commander, took this photograph with a 70mm lunar surface camera. The astronauts footprints are clearly visible in the foreground.
Apollo 11 EVA Frame 40-5931
Apollo 11 EVA Frame 40-5931
Aldrin removes EASEP
Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot, prepares to deploy the Early Apollo Scientific Experiments Package (EASEP) on the surface of the Moon during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity. Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, commander, took this photograph with a 70mm lunar surface camera. In the foreground is the Apollo 11 35mm stereo close-up camera.
Apollo 11 EVA Frame 40-5949
Apollo 11 EVA Frame 40-5949
Aldrin & EASEP
Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot, is photographed deploying the Early Apollo Scientific Experiments Package (EASEP) during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity on the Moon. Here, he is deploying the Passive Seismic Experiments Package (PSEP). Already deployed is the Laser Ranging Retro-Reflector (LR-3), which can be seen to the left and further in the background. In the center background is the Lunar Module (LM).
Apollo 11 EVA Frame 40-5964
Apollo 11 EVA Frame 40-5964
Aldrin deploys SWC
Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot, is photographed during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity on the Moon. Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, commander, took this picture with a 70mm lunar surface camera. Aldrin has just deployed the Solar Wind Composition experiment, a component of the Early Apollo Scientific Experiments Package (EASEP).
Apollo 11 EVA Unknown Frame
Apollo 11 EVA - Frame No. 40-5928
Aldrin & EASEP
Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot, prepares to remove the Early Apollo Scientific Experiments Package (EASEP) from its storage compartment on the LM. No reference yet found for this image.
Apollo 11 EVA Unknown Frame
Apollo 11 EVA - Frame No. 40-5915
Backside of LM
Frame number established, but no additional reference yet found for this image.

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