Saturday, February 21, 2009

A Well-Travelled Craft


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A 40-year old machine that's travelled well over half a million miles, now that's photographic material you don't come across every day! This is the Command Module of Apollo 10, in which astronauts orbitted the Moon in early 1969 in a dress rehersal for the first landing in July. The vehicle is surprisingly small, and to see the charred, carbonised remains of the heat shield gives you some clue as to the blowtorch effect the craft survived on its return. I photographed this spacecraft in the London Science Museum in November, 2007, and it gives one pause to see an actual vehicle in which history was made. This was the best of three shots, with other museum patrons out of the frame, and the subject was well-enough lit to use available light and avoid the harsh edges of a flash shot. Fuji FinePix S5600, automatic exposure. Image by Mike.

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