SURVEYOR I. Unique wide-angle hand mosaic of Surveyor I's shadow on the Oceanus Procellarum, June 13, 1966,
Lot 62
SURVEYOR I. Unique wide-angle hand mosaic of Surveyor I's shadow on the Oceanus Procellarum, June 13, 1966,
Sold for US$ 98,500 inc. premium
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SURVEYOR I.
Unique wide-angle hand mosaic of Surveyor I's shadow on the Oceanus Procellarum, June 13, 1966, 66 gelatin silver prints mounted, each approximately 6 x 6 inches (150 x 150 mm), 18 x 59 inches (460 x 1500 mm) overall, matted and framed.

"SURVEYOR I STANDS QUIETLY, ITS JOB WELL DONE.... HERE IS A PICTURE OF ITS OWN MAKING. SURVEYOR CASTS A LENGTHENING SHADOW AS THE LONG LUNAR DAY NEARS ITS END." Thus Homer E. Newell, Associate Administrator of NASA, described this photograph (see Cortright).
This unique hand mosaic was assembled by Kay Larson of the US Geological Survey in Flagstaff, AZ, within a few months after the images captured by Surveyor were downloaded. Unlike the more common—but still rare—analytical mosaics, this presentation item was made by careful image matching. The distorted horizon is a result of the camera being tilted, in order that it could better observe the ground at its feet.
Exactly a month later, Surveyor I would send its last photograph back to Earth. "Because of battery failure," Newell explained, "presumably caused by the bitter cold of the lunar night, Surveyor I can no longer send earthward pictures of its lonely vigil."
Included within the frame is a period window mount, reading "Pictures taken by Surveyor I, June 13, 1966, between 18:53 and 19:14 GMT. Sun elevation 10°. | Surveyor I Landing Site. Day 164. Photomosaic by Kay Larson. | Department of the Interior, United States Geological Survey."
Exhibited: Lunar Landscapes, Menil Collection, Houston, TX, March 10-June 4, 2000.
Illustrated: Cortright pp 62-63.
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