[APOLLO 11 -- NEIL ARMSTRONG]. The Earth viewed from the Moon. 11.1/8 x 13.7/8 in, laid down on mat 14.7/8 x 17 in. SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY ARMSTRONG on mat: "To N. Kamanin -- A View of our World -- With the Best Wishes of the Photographer Neil Armstrong, Apollo 11 6.03.70".
ARMSTRONG'S PHOTOGRAPH OF EARTH, INSCRIBED BY ARMSTRONG TO THE HEAD OF THE SOVIET MANNED SPACE PROGRAM.
Taken by Armstrong, this photograph was given by him to General Nicolai Kamanin during an official visit to Russia the year following his landing on the moon. This then can be seen as the trophy photograph of the "Space Race" that was initated by President John Kennedy in a speech he gave in 1961 before a joint session of Congress. General Kamanin was one of the most famous pilots in Russian history. He was the first military hero of the Soviet Union, and after distinguished service during World War II, was assigned to command the first Cosmonaut Corps for the Soviet Union. Presented to Kamanin just a year after the American "victory" in the race to the moon, the photograph (and it's inscription) is certainly not without irony.