Magnificent Desolation: The Apollo 11 Moonwalk Pictures

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In line with Neil Armstrong’s death last August 25, here are some of the photos that he and fellow “man on the moon”, Buzz Aldrin, took on their historic Apollo 11 moonwalk.

Using modified Hasselblad 500EL cameras, the two astronauts managed to snap a total of 122 70mm color photographs during their two-and-a-half hour stay on the surface of the moon, which they described as a “magnificent desolation”.

Photographs taken by Neil Armstrong via NASA

Although, not all of them were perfectly composed photographs — some of them involve inadvertent shutter firings, focus errors, and the occasional accidental photobombing, giving that absolutely surreal event a more human touch.

Photographs taken by Buzz Aldrin via NASA

You can view the full hi-resolution gallery here.

All information for this article was taken from Peta Pixel, the American Photo Magazine and the official NASA website.

written by geegraphy on 2012-08-28 in #news #70mm #analogue-photography #moon #news #history #space

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