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Ronald Evans

The ascent stage of the Lunar Module Challenger returning
from the Moon

Apollo 17, December 7-19, 1972, 189:55:00 GET

Large-format presentation vintage chromogenic print on fiber-based Kodak paper, 27.7 x 35cm (11 x 14in), with “A Kodak Paper” watermarks on the verso (NASA MSC) [NASA AS17-149-22857], minor crease in upper left corner
27.7 x 35cm (11 x 14in)
Literature
Chaikin, Voices, p.117.
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Lot Essay

“This picture, taken from the Command ModuleAmerica, shows Challenger’s ascent stage in lunar orbit. Small reaction control thrusters are at the sides of the moonship with the bell of the ascent rocket engine itself underneath. The hatch allowing access to the lunar surface is visible in the front and a round radar antenna appears at the top” (https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_821.html).

The Lunar Module descent stage was used as a launch platform and remains on the Moon.

Eugene Cernan’s bubble helmet is visible in the LM’s right window.

189:55:15 Cernan: It is unbelievable. This (the LM) is the greatest flying in the world, Ron.
189:55:18 Evans (laughter)
189:55:18 Cernan: Can you see me?
189:55:19 Evans: Yes, I can see you. Right in there.

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