The Apollo 11 crew posing for a photograph before the historic mission

Space Mission
Apollo 11

Paris, Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, La Lune: Du Voyage Réel aux Voyages Imaginaires, April-July 2019; exhibition catalogue, p. 34, no. 24, illustrated.

NASA / Unidentified Photographer

Photo Description
Vintage chromogenic print on fiber-based Kodak paper, 20.3 x 25.4cm (8 x 10in) , with “A Kodak Paper” watermarks on the verso (NASA MSC) [NASA S-69-31740]
20.3 x 25.4cm (8 x 10in)

Left to right: Neil A. Armstrong, Commander; Michael Collins, Command Module Pilot; and Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr., Lunar Module Pilot.

“NASA presented the astronauts as robots. In fact, they are not robots. They are men who have an extraordinary balance between discipline and daredevilry. Robots could not have gone to the Moon, because a robot breaks down the moment there’s a fluctuation in the current” wrote Norman Mailer (Mailer, p.89).