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THE LANDING SITE – Julius Caesar, Lunar Shaded Relief . Defense Mapping Agency for NASA, September 1978.

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Estimate: US$4,000 - US$6,000
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THE LANDING SITE – Julius Caesar, Lunar Shaded Relief . Defense Mapping Agency for NASA, September 1978. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by Buzz ALDRIN with an “X” near the words “Tranquillity Base, July 20-21, 1969, Buzz Aldrin.” The relatively smooth area of Mare Tranquillitatis is located in the center and right side of the chart and the heavily cratered and mountainous region of the central lunar highlands is located to the left. The landing area was officially known in NASA planning as “Landing Site 2.” It was one of seven possible landing sites, all located approximately along the lunar equator facing the Earth. All landings were planned for just after sunrise at each possible site. This gave the crew maximum shadowing of lunar features for better depth perception to distinguish dangerous areas to avoid before landing. Neil Armstrong took advantage of this when the flight computer targeted his initial landing point near a crater with large boulders. Lunar chart, 22 by 29 inches. With a lunar sphere map index and detailed legend along left edge. Scale 1:1,000,000.

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Christie's
Title: One Giant Leap: Celebrating Space Exploration 50 Years after Apollo 11
Date of the auction: 18 Jul 2019
Address: Christie's
New York