LUNAR ORBITER II.
Panorama of the crater Copernicus, November 24, 1966, 4 gelatin silver prints joined, 30¾ x 14¾ inches (780 x 375 mm) overall, matted and framed.
"THE PICTURE OF THE CENTURY," in the words of Life magazine. This image was taken by Orbiter II from 28.4 miles above the lunar surface and about 150 miles due south of Copernicus. Oran W. Nicks, Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Space Science and Applications, remarked on first seeing this image, "I was awed by the sudden realization that this prominent feature I have often viewed by telescope is a landscape of real mountains and valleys, obviously fashioned by tremendous forces of nature" (see Cortright).
Illustrated: Cortright p 89 (detail).