The most thrilling of all journeys – the missions of the Apollo astronauts to the surface of the Moon and back – yielded 32,000 extraordinarily beautiful photographs, the record of a unique human achievement. Thirty years later, NASA allowed a selection of 1200 of its master Apollo negatives and transparencies to be taken offsite for electronic scanning, rendering the sharpest images of space that we have yet seen.
From this selection, Michael Light has woven 129 images into a single composite voyage, a narrative of breathtaking immediacy and authenticity that begins with the launch and is followed by a walk in space, an orbit of the Moon, a lunar landing and extensive exploration, and a return to Earth with an orbit and splashdown.
Graced by five 45-inch-wide gatefolds that display the lunar landscape in unprecedented detail and clarity, FULL MOON encourages the reader to experience the images as more than a spectacle, experientially conveying on each page the excitement, disorientation, and awe that the astronauts themselves felt as they were shot into space, explored an alien landscape, and finally looked back at their home planet from hundreds of thousands of miles away.
Published in eight editions worldwide in 1999, on the thirtieth anniversary of Apollo 11 – the first landing on the Moon – this remarkable and mesmerizing volume is, like the voyages it commemorates and re-creates, an experience both intimate and monumental. In the decade since, FULL MOON has widely been acknowledged to have become a global classic.
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