Original Nasa surface chart map 1969 Apollo 12 CSM (Command Service Module) w Hasselblad Photo Note
Framed original NASA moon surface chart-map which came from the Apollo 12 Moon mission, these were probably used for training the CSM Pilot-Astronaut who would orbit the moon while the other Astronauts would take the Lunar Module down to the moons surface. This measures 43 inches tall by 19.5 inches wide and is now framed. This is marked with instructions for taking photos with a Hasselblad Camera and exposure information for orbit I have two other which are not framed and I’m not sure if the others connect together or not but they follow the CSM orbit around the moon. CSM means command service module so these were used by the astronaut orbiting the moon while the lunar module was on the surface of the moon.
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 22 inches by 45 inches with plexiglass and can be shipped in the USA. For other countries contact for a shipping quote.
Shipping is $75 in the USA
International shipping may be available to your country or this may be too large to ship internationally. If you are an international customer and would like this original map removed from the frame and shipped rolled up in a tube I could do that and give you a $100 credit for the frame, although the framing cost considerably more than that. I also have 2 other unframed versions listed see my other listings.
As always you can pick this up from VITNAGE our vintage store in downtown Tucson Arizona, for free, but you would have to pay state and local taxes.