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Apollo 12: Self-Portrait

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Apollo 12: Self-Portrait


In November of 1969,
Apollo 12 astronaut-photographer
Charles "Pete" Conrad recorded
this masterpiece while documenting colleague
Alan Bean's
lunar soil collection activities on the
Oceanus Procellarum.

The image is dramatic and stark.

The harsh environment of the Moon's Ocean of Storms is
echoed in Bean's helmet, a perfectly
of Conrad and
lunar horizon

Is it art?

Works of photojournalists originally
intent on recording the human condition on planet Earth,
such as Lewis W. Hine's images from New York City
in the early 20th century, or
magazine photography are widely
regarded as art.

Similarly many documentary astronomy and
space images
can be appreciated for their artistic and
esthetic appeal.

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