Skip to comments.Never-Before Seen Photo Shows Neil Armstrong's Face As He First Walks Across The Moon
Posted on 07/19/2009 2:27:22 PM PDT by Steelfish
Never-before seen photo shows Neil Armstrong's face as he first walks across the moon
19th July 2009
An amazing new photograph showing Neil Armstrong's face through his space suit visor has come to light.
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The image was shot by the movie camera mounted on the lunar lander famously called 'Eagle', but the frame lasts for only a fleeting moment. It shows Armstrong's face in clear view as he walks across the lunar surface.
Face first: Neil Armstrong has been presented with a copy of the picture He was the first man to walk on the moon, taking that one giant leap for mankind - yet most of the famous shots are of his fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin, as it was Armstrong who manned the stills camera.
Spacecraft Films, an Ohio-based specialist in historical space footage, has transferred the footage into high definition format and captured the split-second scene as a still image, now released for the first time in a new book, Voices from the Moon, by author Andrew Chaikin.
'This is the first time that the public are seeing it,' said Chaikin, revealing that even Armstrong - despite his modest ways - was quietly impressed to receive one of the new prints of himself as a souvenir.
'All the iconic pictures from the moon are of Buzz...there really hasn't been one of Neil. I gave him a copy and he seemed pleased to have it.'
The moment was captured as Armstrong gathered samples of moon rocks during his 21-hour visit to the lunar surface exactly 40 years ago, on July 20, 1969.
'Armstrong raised his outer visor, the gold reflective visor that normally obscures an astronaut's face,' explained Mr Chaikin.
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Thanks for the pic post DCP- that was fast.
I've seen a lot of Buzz and the other astronauts in interviews this weekend but not Neal...
I wonder if he will come out for the 40th?
Supposedly Armstrong will appear Monday evening at Smithsonian I think, but not any of the other celebrations. He has grown more and more publicity shy lately.
Neil has assiduoualy avoided fame sine he came home from the moon. don’t know whether he did us a favor or not. He did, after all, make the most historic footrprint in history. He wasn’t ordered to do it. I think he owes us more than he’s given us.
Does`t look like he has his Hasselblad there
Wanted one of those bad boys back then
Me too! I never had the funds to go medium format, and stuck with my Canon A-1.
I know, huh?
Is he wearing glasses?
Reminds me of the Onion story about walking on the moon that had me in tears.
There have been rumors it wasn’t Neil Armstrong who returned from the moon- at least, not the same Neil Armstrong who left the Earth several days earlier.
I’d doubt it very much.
Perfect vision was one of the prerequisites needed to be met to be a pilot, let alone an astronaut.
No...he saw the alien ships ringing the crater ridges on the dark side of the moon.
It’s either that, or he’s got a guilty conscience about something.
I love conspiracy theories, don’t you??
I don't know that he necessarily owes us, but it would have been good to hear from him from time to time.
I think the last time I remember seeing him was a photo essay in Life back in the mid 70's...good grief...
Maybe that’s why he shuns publicity...he;s too embarrassed after pitching those crappy Chrysler vehicles.
He was on CBS’s 60 Minutes within the last couple of years.
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