Nearly half a century since Neil Armstrong became the first man to step foot on the Moon, the NASA photographs from the Apollo missions remain as awe-inspiring as when they were first seen.
One of the motivations for photographing the missions was to produce visible evidence of these successful ventures: enduring images for study and enjoyment.
The astronauts and scientists involved with the Apollo missions must surely have known they were making history, but perhaps they may not have anticipated how beautiful that history would be, and how cherished.
The simple yet remarkable photo of Buzz Aldrin’s footprint in lunar soil portrays this first imprinting of the human body on the moon, an event that is etched in our collective consciousness and inseparable from our ideas of America and the Western world in the late 1960s.
Text by Carrie Foulkes
NASA, Apollo & Co
December 2, 2021 – February 8, 2022
80539 München, Germany