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Harrison Schmitt

The “Blue Marble”, the first human-taken photograph of the Earth fully illuminated

Apollo 17, December 7-19, 1972, 005:06:24 GET

Large format presentation vintage chromogenic print, 11 x 14 in (27 x 34.5cm), flush-mounted on original NASA card 16 x 20in (40.5 x 50.5cm), with NASA KSC caption numbered “AS17-148-22727” on the verso
16 x 20in (40.5 x 50.5cm)

Please note this lot is the property of a private individual.
Literature
Chaikin, Space, p. 131; Jacobs, p.127; Light, plate 114; Hope, p. 151; NASA SP-350, p.294
Exhibited
Zürich, Kunsthaus, Salzburg, Museum der Moderne, Fly me to the Moon, March-June 2019
and July-November 2019; exhibition catalogue, p. 62, no. 64, illustrated.
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Lot Essay

From the mission transcript minutes after the iconic photograph was taken:

005:21:27 Cernan: Okay. And I suppose we’re seeing as 100 percent full Earth as we’ll ever see; certainly as I’ve ever seen. It appears to be - it may be a little bit - a little bit of a terminator
way out to the - well, to the east - out beyond Australia and beyond India. But beyond that it’s about 99 percent pure.
005:22:59 Cernan: Bob, it’s these kind of views - these kind of views that stick with you forever.
005:23:07 Overmyer (Mission Control): Roger, Gene.

“That lonesome, marbled bit of blue with ancient seas and continental rafts is our planet, our home as men travel the solar system. The challenge for all of us is to guard and protect that home, together, as people of Earth.”
Harrison Schmitt (NASA SP-350, p. 266)

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