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Eugene Cernan

Portrait of the Earth in the lunar sky, station 2

Apollo 17, December 7-19, 1972, EVA 2, 143:23:22 GET

Unreleased photograph, vintage chromogenic print on fiber-based Kodak paper, 20.3 x 25.4cm (8 x 10in), with “A Kodak Paper” watermarks on verso, numbered “NASA AS17-137-20960” (NASA MSC) in red in top margin
20.3 x 25.4cm (8 x 10in)
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Lot Essay

Eugene Cernan framed this view of the Earth over a big boulder named “Boulder 2” and the summit of the South Massif.

“It’s a half Earth and you can see clouds and the blues of the oceans. With your naked eye, you could make out continents. You can imagine working on the slope of the Massif on top of the Scarp and, every once in a while you have to look over your shoulder to look at what’s looking at you and think about where you are and what you’re doing. Sometimes, it still hardly seems like it was real. It sometimes almost seems like we were too nonchalant, worrying about fractures and rocks and rake samples and all that when the Earth was over our shoulders” said Eugene Cernan (from the ALSJ mission transcript at 143:20:14 GET).

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