LUNAR ORBITER IV. Giant mosaic of the near side of the Moon, May 11-25, 1967,
Lot 80
LUNAR ORBITER IV. Giant mosaic of the near side of the Moon, May 11-25, 1967,
Sold for US$ 98,500 inc. premium
Lot Details
LUNAR ORBITER IV.
Giant mosaic of the near side of the Moon, May 11-25, 1967, comprising 218 panels, each with 4 gelatin silver prints mounted together on board, each panel 360 x 715 mm, together with chromogenic print mounted of the rubric showing assembly and with topographic features labeled, upwards of 20 x 25 feet overall when assembled.

PROBABLY THE LARGEST PHOTOGRAPH OF THE MOON IN EXISTENCE. "The prime objective of Lunar Orbiter IV ... was to photograph the entire front side of the Moon at a resolution considerably better than is possible from Earth" (James S. Martin, Deputy Lunar Orbiter Project Manager; see Cortright p 109). Recognizing the PR value of the photographs, the US Information Agency, whose mission was to influence foreign publics in promotion of the national interest, commissioned Kodak to turn the images into a giant mosaic. The mosaic would be assembled on a floor and covered with sheets of clear lucite so that the public could "walk on the Moon." The mosaic is made up of 109 pairs of panels, each pair overlapping with its neighbor so as to create a continuous image.
Only two mosaics in this format were produced. One was exhibited in a gymnasium in Prague during the meeting of the International Astronomical Union Meeting in late August, 1967. The present example is the second copy, believed to have been a back-up. Many searches have failed to locate the Prague mosaic, which must be presumed lost.

Saleroom notices

  • Rubric appears to call for 226 panels, as opposed to the 218 present here.
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