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Posts from the ‘Astronauts & Cosmonauts’ Category

NASA Photo Archive Collection

Continuing on from the previous post about an auction in NYC at Swann Galleries titled “The Knowing Eye – Photographs and Photobooks” on April 19th 2018 is this fascinating archive of over 1,500 images of NASA photographs relating to the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo Missions.

The archive consists of ferrotyped silver prints approx 19 x 24cm, most with captions. Dating from 19961-1972.

It is:
“An extraordinary visual record of the U.S.’s remarkable space program, notably its halcyon days resulting in numerous “firsts,” including the first American to orbit the Earth (John Glenn), the first spacewalk (Ed White), and the first man to step foot on the moon (Neil Armstrong), among others. The collection features images of heroic astronauts, scientists, and engineers associated with the numerous missions from 1961-1972, the first eleven years of manned missions. Highlights include photographs depicting liftoff, astronauts floating in space, Earthrise, capsules “rendezvousing,” the dark side of the moon, and the lunar surface, including the moon walk and lunar rover.

The collector who compiled the archive was employed by a national picture agency. During this pre-digital period, more photographs were made available to news outlets than were required. Once the demand for images of an event diminished, excess photographic prints were typically destroyed. This collection contains press prints that were saved from destruction” 

What an extraordinary group of images….wish I was closer to be able to view the archive before It is sold.

Neil Armstrong, On Tranquility Base

Neil Armstrong, On Tranquility Base


Lift Off of Saturn V, with Apollo 13

Lift Off of Saturn V, with Apollo 13

Commander Jim Lovell, pre departure Apollo 13

Commander Jim Lovell, pre departure Apollo 13

Soviet Spage Age Matchbox Labels

A group of Soviet, cold war era matchbox labels I came across some time ago and scanned.

They depict elements and achievements of the Soviet space programme in the 1960s.

These achievements are reduced to the simplest form for mass communicaiton – a simple, bold graphic snippet of information, representing hugely important achievements.

In their era matchbox labels were a way to send a message to a whole population who may have otherwise missed out on this information through lack of available media – e.g. newspaper, television et, in a time where every adult had easy access to matches.

Soviet Space Station Concept

Soviet Space Station Concept

Valery Bykovsky

Valery Fyodorovich Bykovsky is a retired Soviet cosmonaut who flew three manned space mission space flights: Vostok 5, Soyuz 22, and Soyuz 31. He was also backup for Vostok 3 and Soyuz 37.

Valentina Tereshkova

Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova,Russian cosmonaut, engineer, and politician. She is the first woman to have flown in space, having been selected from more than 400 applicants and five finalists to pilot Vostok 6 on 16 June 1963

Konstantin Tsiolkovsky

Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, “Grandfather” of the Soviet Space Programme

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Soviet Life 1969 – Man and Outer Space

Soviet Life 1969 – Man and Outer Space

Soviet Life magazine of August 1969 was an edition dedicated to “Man and Outer Space”. It is a fascinating publication with a wide range of articles from the technical and factual to the sociological. There is even one entitled “The Legal Status of the Moon” and another interesting read by Yuri Gagarin entitled “Emotions in Outer Space”.

The magazine of course gives a nearly wholly Soviet perspective of Man in Space, but it is a story which the Western World today may hardly be aware of – i.e. the important role which the Soviets played in the early “space race”.

Interestingly this edition was published just a month after the NASA Astronauts had landed on the Moon, and the “race to the moon” was over for the Soviets.

The graphics, photography and layout in this edition are all particularly good. Below are some of my favourites. The illustrator(s)/graphic designer(s) of many of the images are not attributed, but the Art Director attributed in the magazine credits is Marina T. Zabolotskaya.

The Young Cosmanauts Club - Photo Boris Elin

The Young Cosmanauts Club – Photo Boris Elin

At Dawn

At Dawn – Carrier Rocker of Soyuz Spaceship at the launching pad in Baikonur. Photographer not known

Soviet Life, Cover, August 1969

Soviet Life, Cover, August 1969 – Carrier Rocket of the Vostock spaceship. Photo Alexander Mokletsov.

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