The Most Iconic Image of an Apollo Astronaut
The "Visor Shot" of Buzz Aldrin on the Lunar Surface
This emblematic photograph from the Apollo program captures Buzz Aldrin standing on the lunar surface, moments after he became the second human to set foot on the moon during the historic Apollo 11 mission. Taken by Neil Armstrong, the first man to step on the moon, the image features a unique perspective as Armstrong is reflected in the visor of Aldrin's spacesuit. The photograph serves as a powerful symbol of human achievement and the spirit of exploration, representing the pinnacle of the Apollo program and humanity's first steps on a celestial body beyond Earth.
Heritage sold an 8x10-inch red letter version of the photograph for $125,000 in 2021: historical.ha.com/itm/space-exploration/apollo-11-vintage-nasa-red-number-color-photo-image-as11-40-5903-visor-/a/6249-71097.s?ic4=GalleryView-Thumbnail-071515
The Apollo 11 mission, launched on July 16, 1969, was a historic and groundbreaking spaceflight that marked the first time humans set foot on the moon. Led by commander Neil A. Armstrong, lunar module pilot Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, and command module pilot Michael Collins, the mission achieved the ambitious goal set by President John F. Kennedy in 1961 to land humans on the moon and return them safely to Earth. On July 20, 1969, Armstrong and Aldrin spent over two hours exploring the lunar surface, collecting samples, and conducting experiments, while Collins orbited above in the command module. Armstrong's famous words, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind," encapsulate the monumental impact of the Apollo 11 mission on human history, as it demonstrated the incredible achievements made possible through scientific innovation, collaboration, and determination.