Hasselblad & the Moon Landing

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first people ever to set foot on the Moon, their iconic "small steps" captured forever by the camera the astronauts carried with them: the Hasselblad 500EL.

Hasselblad & the Moon Landing looks at the history of the Apollo 11 mission through the lens of the Hasselblad, while narrating the parallel challenge to create a camera that could work on the Moon. It considers the cameras used, and the photographs captured, during the Space Race between Russia and America. The book looks at the experience of taking photographs on the Moon for the first time and reflects on the legacy of those images. 

The second half of the book presents a commemorative album of photographs taken in space using the Hasselblad 500EL. A selection of the finest of the 1,400 photographs taken on the Moon is shown alongside the mission timeline and transcripts of the conversations between the astronauts and mission control at Houston.




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