NASA will auction a classic collection of historic photos in London on Thursday. The historic photos, to be auctioned at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ salesroom, were taken during space missions in the 1960s and 1970s.
The collection includes historic and classic images, as well as rare shots. It includes the first selfie taken in space and a rare image of astronaut Neil Armstrong on the Moon. The photos are expected to be sold for between £300 and £10,000 each, or $465 and $15,490, for a total of around £500,000, or $775,000.
“It’s incredible to realize that many photographs in this auction were unknown to the general public for decades until the complete NASA photographic archive began to appear digitally on the internet. These spectacular images were pieced together from individual Hasselblad frames for internal use by NASA scientists. We know of no such collection ever having been offered at auction,” Sarah Wheeler, head of photographs at Bloomsbury Auctions, said in a statement.
Wheeler added that these photographs “represent a golden age in the history of photography as well, when a few men went to the unknown to bring back awe-inspiring pictures. The view of the first Earthrise over the lunar horizon changed Man’s relationship with the cosmos forever.”
In addition, NASA said that it received proposals for its new robotic mission, which will be launched in 2021, Space Flight Now reported.
The deadline for submission of proposals was Feb. 18. Scientists have submitted concepts for missions to the moon, planets, asteroids and comets. It is part of NASA’s Discovery program.
The space agency plans to select at least two finalists from the proposals in May, according to Jim Green, director of NASA’s planetary science division. A single winner is expected to be selected by NASA by September 2016.
The space mission is likely to be ready for launch by the end of 2021. The project will cost about $450 million.
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