24 Historic Photos That’ll Make You Want To Be An Astronaut

Featuring Buzz Aldrin taking the first selfie in space. And also a lot of American flags.

1. Astronaut Ed White was the first American to attempt a spacewalk.

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2. He was photographed by fellow astronaut James McDivitt.

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3. Their mission was the second crewed space flight in NASA’s Project Gemini.

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4. These photos, from White’s personal collection, are part of an auction of vintage NASA photos that go under the hammer on February 26 in London.

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5. McDivitt and White were the only crew of the Gemini 4 spacecraft.

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6. Gemini 4 lifted off in June 1965.

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7. White took lots of photos of Earth from space during the mission.

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8. (Once he’d got to grips with using the camera.)

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9. And now, if you stump up the money, you can own one of them. Here’s the catalogue.

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10. It’s not just Gemini 4 photos up for auction. There’s a timelapse of the Gemini 10 launch in July 1966.

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11. Buzz Aldrin taking the first ever space selfie in November 1966.

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12. And the Saturn V rocket on the launch pad in November 1967.

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13. Apollo 11 lifting off on its historic flight to the moon in July 1969 with less computing power than a USB stick.

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14. And Buzz Aldrin taking his first step on the moon, taken by Neil Armstrong who was already on the surface.

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15. There’s Buzz Aldrin making a footprint on the pristine lunar surface.

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16. If you look at Aldrin’s visor here, you can just about make out Armstrong and the Lunar Module.

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17. But this photograph is the only clear one of Armstrong on the Moon during Apollo 11.

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18. Looking at this view during Apollo 11, Michael Collins said: “Houston, Apollo 11… I’ve got the world in my window.”

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19. From Apollo 12, here’s Alan Bean with the reflection of fellow astronaut Peter Conrad in his visor.

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20. The sun reflecting over the Lunar Module.

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21. And a crescent Earth rising behind the moon during Apollo 17.

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22. You could own a photo of astronaut Alan Shepard posing with the American flag during Apollo 14, February 1971.

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23. Or James Irwin saluting the American flag during Apollo 15, August 1971.

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24. Or this photo of Earth with Harrison Schmitt and, of course, an American flag during Apollo 17, December 1972.

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Basically, NASA astronauts really love flags.

From the Earth to the Moon will be held at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ saleroom in London on Thursday 26 February. You can see the catalogue online.

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Kelly Oakes is science editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
 
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