Neil Armstrong on the moon next to an American flag. Like a dog is sitting in a space capsule, shortly before becoming the first animal to orbit the Earth. Buzz Aldrin taking a selfie, our planet a blue curve behind him, in the first-ever self-portrait shaped in space.
These are just three of the 2,400 rare NASA photos now up for sale in an online auction hosted by the Christie’s. The images capture “the golden age of space examination,” the auction house said in a press release.
The group of original photographs extents a number of historic missions, from the Mercury and Gemini spaceflight programs to the Apollo moon missions.
Some of the images are now iconic, like the “Blue Marble” picture taken by the crew of the Apollo 17 the first fully illuminated photo of Earth taken by a human in space.
Others, though were not unconfined by NASA at the time they were taken, and are new to the general public.
The most expensive item on offer is the only photo showing Armstrong on the Moon, taken by Aldrin during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969. It’s estimated to be worth between £30,000 and £50,000, according to the auction house.