Moon Shots: Space Photography 1950–1999

MOON SHOTS:
Space Photography
1950-1999

From the first spacewalk to the Apollo 11 lunar landing, the latter half of the 20th century saw groundbreaking developments in the history of space exploration.

Concurrently, the field of photography saw advancements, allowing astronauts to capture the marvels of space and bring them back to Earth. Our upcoming online auction, Moon Shots: Space Photography 1950–1999 , features a private collection of vintage photographs that depict the milestones in space photography. Illustrated by pictures from the sale, explore the synergy of space exploration and photography through the decades.
1950s
BeYOND BOUNDARIES
The desire to explore beyond the boundaries of our planet gained momentum during the 1950s. In 1958, the mission of space exploration began in earnest in the US with the establishment of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
LAUNCH OF U.S. MISSILE, FEBRUARY 16, 1958
U.S. Army photograph
Estimate: £1,000–1,500
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1960s
FIRST space walk
Throughout the 1960s, space exploration evolved beyond a dream and became a reality, beginning with the first space walk and ending in Neil Armstrong’s first step on the Moon.
[LARGE FORMAT] FIRST U.S. SPACEWALK;
ED WHITE’S EVA OVER THE CLOUD-COVERED PACIFICOCEAN, JUNE 3–7, 1965
James McDivitt [Gemini IV]
Estimate: £10,000–15,000
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THE FIRST SATURN V ROCKET ONPAD 39A AT SUNSET, NOVEMBER 1967
NASA [Apollo 4]
Estimate: £2,000–3,000
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THE FIRST HUMAN-TAKEN COLORPHOTOGRAPH OF EARTHRISE, DECEMBER 21–27, 1968  
William Anders [Apollo 8]
Estimate: £8,000–12,000
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[LARGE FORMAT] HALF-MOON FIRST SEEN BY HUMANS FROM ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE FROM EARTH,
DECEMBER 21–27, 1968   
William Anders [Apollo 8]
Estimate: £3,000–5,000
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PORTRAIT OF NEIL ARMSTRONG BACK IN THE LUNAR MODULE AFTER THE HISTORIC MOONWALK, JULY 16–24, 1969   
Buzz Aldrin [Apollo 11]
Estimate: £2,000–3,000
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THE FOOTPRINT ON THE MOON, JULY 16–24, 1969
Buzz Aldrin [Apollo 11]
Estimate: £4,000–6,000
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1970s
GROWING AMBITION
The 1970s were marked by a growing ambition for space exploration, with continued lunar missions and a new-found curiosity about Mars.  
DAMAGED APOLLO 13 SERVICE MODULE,
APRIL 17, 1970
NASA [Apollo 13]
Estimate: £2,000–3,000
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HARRISON SCHMITT HOLDING THE LUNAR RAKE, STATION 1, DECEMBER 7–19, 1972, EVA 1
Eugene Cernan [Apollo 17]
Estimate: £1,000–1,500
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THE LUNAR ROVER PARKED NEAR THE AMERICAN FLAG, DECEMBER 7–19, 1972
Harrison Schmitt [Apollo 17]
Estimate: £1,000–1,500
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THE FIRST COLOR PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN ON THE SURFACE OF MARS, THE RED PLANET, 21 JULY 1976
NASA [Viking 1]
Estimate: £3,000–5,000
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1980s
EXPLORATION
From the first untethered spacewalk to the development of the NASA space station, the technological advancements in the 1980s created a more refined experience in the field of space exploration.
FIRST UNTETHERED SPACE FLIGHT,
FEBRUARY 7, 1984
Robert Gibson [STS-41B]
Estimate: £3,000–5,000
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1990s
SPACE COMMUTE
The launch of the US Space Shuttle programme allowed routine transportation for Earth-to-orbit crew and cargo. The Atlantis, one of the five orbiters in the American fleet, has orbited the Earth a total of 4,848 times by the end of its final mission in 2011, travelling more than 525 times the distance from the Earth to the Moon.
LAUNCH OF ATLANTIS, AUGUST 2, 1991
NASA [STS-43]
Estimate: £1,000–1,500
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