Buzz Aldrin

The footprint on the Moon

Apollo 11, July 16-24, 1969, 110:26:20 GET

Vintage chromogenic print on fiber-based Kodak paper, numbered “AS11-40-5878” with “This Paper Manufactured By Kodak” watermarks on verso.
21.6 x 27.9cm (8.5 x 11in)
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The present photograph, of a footprint embedded on the lunar surface, has come to be regarded as iconic relic of space exploration.

Buzz Aldrin commented of the photograph's status in the public consciousness: " 'Most iconic' is the mark of a boot on a surface unlike any found at home. Not a rocket, dazzling in its technology and power; not some beautiful, distant nebula; but a simple sign of man’s arrival on a surface beyond the Earth. Evidence that we have walked further. A step into that magnificent desolation.” (Foreword, Space the first 50 years, 2007).

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