Original Mappa Selenographica 1926 Map of Moon Prague Czechoslovakia Klepesta Framed 28x36 inches
Rare original map of the moon dated 1926 in Roman numerals © Jos. Klepesta printed in Prague Czechoslovakia. The map size is 26 inches wide by 33.5 inches tall. This from the estate of a University of Arizona Planetary scientist who directly helped NASA plan the Apollo mission lunar landing sites. Framed size 28 by 36 inches now available
This map came from the personal estate of a famous University of Arizona Astronomer-Photographer and scientist, Ewan Whitaker who helped NASA plan the Apollo 11 and 12 landing sites on the moon in 1969. Whitaker also worked on the first photographic atlas of the moon, which was completed in 1967. In early 1960, Nasa, pulled together a team of astronomers and scientists led by Dr. Gerard Kuiper together they created the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Lab. The team worked on seven RANGER Missions before one of them finally worked and began sending back images of the moon. Nasa needed help mapping the moon so that they could plan a landing site for the Apollo 11 and 12 Lunar Expeditions. Images from Ranger would be pieced back together as they were shot in long narrow strips. These would then be composited back together so that detailed maps could be made. There’s a great documentary called Desert Moon on YouTube, which explains how these scientists and Whitaker helped to map the moon.
Its framed with archival materials in a black wood frame 28 inches by 36 inches with plexiglass and can be shipped in the USA. For other countries contact for a shipping quote.