First Space Selfie by Buzz Aldrin Sells at an Auction for Big Bucks!
It seems like the first space selfie by Buzz Aldrin is a hot subject nowadays. That is after NASA auctioned the famous pictures.
You may think that taking a selfie in space isn’t much more than staring into the camera, floating high above the Earth and just snap the picture.
It’s a bit hard though, especially if is a first. A first is always the hardest thing; the pressure on you is enormous, right?
The astronaut Buzz Aldrin took the snap in 1966, on the Gemini 12 mission to test vital equipment.
It looks like Buzz didn’t need our “How to take better selfies” guide!
NASA’s 600 vintage photos archive went for sale. Many of the photos were not previously seen, which made the price go up around £500,000 in total.
The archive covers NASA’s space programme from its very first beginnings in the late 1940s through to the triumphant moon landing of 1969 and beyond.
The “star” of the collection is the first ever photo of Earth from space, taken on a camera mounted on a rocket in 1946 that was blasted 65 miles above the atmosphere.
Unfortunately, the camera fell before the rocket touched back to Earth. It smashed on impact but the film was salvaged.
Next is the only clear photograph of Neil Armstrong on the Moon, Apollo 11 on July 1969, right in the moment when he first steps on the Moon.
For almost 20 years after the Apollo 11 mission, NASA believed the only snaps taken on the lunar surface were pictures taken by Buzz Aldrin.
Sarah Wheeler, head of photographs at Bloomsbury Auctions, selling the pics, said: “It is incredible to realize that many photographs in this auction were unknown to the general public for decades.
“These photographs are more than merely documentary, many are simply sublime.
“They represent a golden age in the history of photography as well, when a few men went to the unknown to bring back awe-inspiring pictures.”
After each mission NASA released only a few images to the public. The rest were hidden away for research.
All the photos are on Kodak paper and have NASA stamps, captions and identification numbers.
The incredible archive has been pieced together over several decades by a private collector.
The photos are being sold in individual lots and range in price from £300 to £10,000 at Bloomsbury Auctions, Central London.
And the first ‘selfie’ taken in space by NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin in 1966 was sold for almost $9,200, ten times its estimate at an auction in London.
That’s what they call an awesome selfie! Share your opinions with the rest of the people right in the comment section!