Lot #2048
Early Rocket and Missile Launch System Collection of Vintage Original NASA Photographs

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Estimate: $2500+

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Impressive vintage collection of over 100 early NASA photographs documenting the development and testing of the program’s flagship rocket and missiles launching systems from throughout the 1960s and 1970s. The majority of the photos are glossy black-and-white, with some color and matte-finish, 8 x 10 and 10 x 8, with the greater part of the photos bearing purple caption text on reverse, some notably faded, and others with “A Kodak Paper” watermarks. Images include (some duplicates): dramatic shots of fiery rocket launches for the Saturn 1-B, SA-8, Centaur V, the Atlas-D Antares-2, and Apollo missions 15 and 17, to name but a few; unique glimpses of the interior of the Vehicle Assembly Building, with photos of capsules and staging, such as the S-IV and S-IVB; images of the mobile service structure, including the Launch Umbilical Tower and Crawler-transporter during rollout; various aerial and ground-level perspectives of Launch Complex 39 at the Kennedy Space Center; and NASA personnel and engineers hard at work. In overall fine condition, with some curling to photos, and occasional instances of edgewear. From the M. Edward Thomas Collection.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Space & Aviation
  • Dates: October 11 - October 17