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Lot #9273
Apollo 11 Lunar Surface Film (Attested as Flown)

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Three small segments of film attested to as being carried to the lunar surface during the Apollo 11 mission and deriving from the personal collection of NASA technician Richard Underwood, who worked in the Johnson Space Center’s Photographic Technology Laboratory for over two decades. The swatches, ranging in size from .5″ x .25″ to .75″ x .75″, are affixed to an 8.5 x 11 certificate numbered 27/69 and signed by Sandy Clarkson, who notes: “The film leaders and tails that Underwood ‘salvaged’ 50 years ago were recently rediscovered among his photographic artifacts and are presented here. The affixed film segments vary in color due to their age and less than ideal storage.” The three film magazines that landed on the moon with the Lunar Module Eagle were Magazines Q and R, which held B/W and color, respectively, and were used to take photos from inside the LM, and Magazine S, which held color film and was used to capture 125 EVA images. In fine condition. Underwood was responsible for developing the Apollo photographs—in fact, he was the first person to view every photograph from the Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, Apollo-Soyuz, and the first 23 space shuttle missions.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Space Exploration and Aviation
  • Dates: #664 - Ended April 20, 2023