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First pictures of the moon under the hammer in Denmark



The first NASA photos taken on the moon, including the first shot of an “Earthrise” and Buzz Aldrin walking on the surface, will be auctioned in Copenhagen on Wednesday.

“One of my favorite photos from this fantastic collection features a photo of Buzz Aldrin taken by Neil Armstrong, and you can actually see Neil Armstrong reflected in Buzz Aldrin’s visor,” Kasper Nielsen, head of the valuation team at the Bruun Rasmussen auction house , told AFP.

A total of 74 unique NASA photos are for sale, including 26 taken on the moon during the Apollo missions in the 1960s and 1970s.

“Of course the highlight is the Apollo mission that first reaches the moon” on July 20, 1969, Nielsen said.

Bruun Rasmussen – who was approached by a foreign collector who wanted to sell the photos and wish to remain anonymous – estimates the collection at 1.4 million kroner, or almost 190,000 euros ($205,000).

Each photo is for sale separately.

The most valuable item, the first “Earthrise”, photographed by American astronaut William Anders during a lunar orbit on Apollo 8 in December 1968, has a value of between eight and 12,000 euros.

The collection also includes photos from the dramatic Apollo 13 mission, which never landed on the moon due to a malfunction, but instead orbited it before crashing into the South Pacific after six days.

Several of the photos have been shown to the public for the first time, having previously been part of NASA’s archives.

Others have appeared on the covers of American magazines such as National Geographic or Life, illustrating America’s success in the space race.

“This collection is very important today,” Nielsen said.

“It shows us all of humanity’s great achievements, viewed from a historical perspective, looking at what humanity actually accomplished in the 1960s and 1970s.”

Moreover, “it shows us all that almost anything is possible if you focus your thoughts on something, on a goal”.

The last time humans set foot on the moon was in 1972 during the Apollo 17 mission, but NASA plans to send astronauts again in 2025-2026.

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