Early NASA images up for auction


Historic archive NASA images from 1961-1972 are up for auction at Swann Auction Galleries, who have shared some of the incredible photographs with BBC Sky at Night Magazine.

The collection features iconic scenes from the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions and is expected to fetch up to $12,000 (£8,460) when it goes up for auction on 19 April.




The images feature iconic scenes from just over a decade of manned missions, including launches, spacewalks, Earthrises, rendezvous and the far side and the surface of the Moon. 

Below is a selection of some of the images up for sale on 19 April 2018.

All images below are provided courtesy of Swann Auction Galleries.



Apollo 11’s lunar module passes over the surface of the Moon; Earth rising over the limb.


Apollo 12 command pilot Pete Conrad working in a recreated lunar environment at NASA’s Langley facility.


Liftoff of a Saturn V rocket at Cape Kennedy, with the Apollo 13 capsule on its nose.


(L-R) Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins wave to crowds during homecoming celebrations following their Moon landing.


An Apollo 12 astronaut places part of the Apollo Lunar Scientific Experiments Package on the surface of the Moon.


A Saturn V rocket illuminated by spotlight as the service tower is moved away during a countdown in preparation for Apollo 12.


A walk on the Moon


A view of Earth from the lunar surface


An astronaut in training


Apollo 13 flight commander Jim Lovell pictured at Cape Kennedy prior to his departure for the launch pad.


Buzz Aldrin pictured on the lunar surface during the Apollo 11 mission, captured by his moonwalking colleague Neil Armstrong.


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