ANDERS, WILLIAM Earthrise, as photographed from the Apollo 8 command module, 24 December 1968.
Vintage large format chromogenic print on paper with the repeated "A Kodak Paper" mark on verso, 15 3/4 x 20 inches (41 x 51 cm). Light toning, some fading to extremities, deterioration of the emulsion layer resulting in some inobtrusive cracking, old tape on reverse, from provenance materials included from the collection of J. Lynn Helms of the Bendix Corporation, the group Vice-President of Aerospace and in that position the director of the Launch Support Division, responsible for preparing all lunar and orbiter flights from Cape Kennedy.
A rare and very desirable large-format example of a fabled image, taken by the Apollo 8 Lunar Module Pilot William Anders upon emerging from the far side of the moon on the third lunar orbit. Of that moment Anders stated: "We'd spent most of our time on Earth training about how to study the Moon, how to go to the Moon; it was very lunar oriented. And yet, when I looked up and saw the Earth coming up on this very stark, beat-up lunar horizon, and Earth that was the only color that we could see, a very fragile-looking Earth, a very delicate looking Earth, I was immediately almost overcome by the thought that here we came all this way to see the Moon, and yet the most significant thing we're seeing is our own home planet, the Earth."
Offered with this extraordinary image are various desk accessories of Lynn Helms, including his F.A.A. desk plaque, his 1996 Space Technology Hall of Fame Award, a Lucite encapsulated non-flown Apollo 7 Bendix keepsake postmarked Kennedy Space Center October 18 1968, and three other small items. As well, four other large-format photographs are offered, including a lunar rover prototype (probably the Grumman Mobility Test Article); a capsule separation in space; and two launchpad or launch views (all images with wear). Poole, Robert Earthrise: How Man First Saw the Earth, p. 2; Schick and Van Haaften The View From Space: American Astronaut Photography 1962-1972, p. 98.
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