Breathtaking views of Earth and the first American spacewalk.Gemini 4: 150 Glass Slides, First Generation Duplicates from Film Flown on the Mission, Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Pilot Ed White II. This lot consists of approximately 150 usable 4" x 3.25" slides taken by McDivitt and White during the historic Gemini 4 flight in June 1965. They used a Hasselblad Model 500C camera with an 80mm Zeiss lens and shot Kodak Ektachrome MS film. The positive transparencies have been mounted into Kodak glass sides; all are numbered and most are in their original boxes, in order by image number. We did not count any photo that was blank or severely over/under exposed, nor have we counted the Kodak slate reference slides from each spool of film. This set of slides was sent to White shortly after the mission and he kept them for his collection. White removed a small group of these and employed them when he was called upon to make speeches and presentations after his historic spacewalk. This is the balance of his collection. These are not only stunning and amazing in quality but also historic as well. Generally very fine or better condition, we noticed only two with broken glass that could easily be replaced.
These slides were made from five spools of film shot during the mission, the approximate usable image counts are as follows: Spool One (Magazine 6)- nine images; Spool Two (Magazine 7)- thirty-two images; Spool Three (Magazine 8)- forty-nine images; Spool Four (Magazine 9)- twenty-seven images; and Spool Five (Magazine 16)- thirty-four images. A total of 219 images were taken by the crew.
Included with this lot is a signed letter of authenticity from Ed White III (his son) that states the importance of these slides, in part: (1) This was the first NASA mission in which Earth terrain photography was a primary mission objective. The crew was tasked with taking photographs to provide scientific information about the Earth that would be significant and provide the impetus for more of the same on future missions. (2) This was the first Mission to attempt an ExtraVehicular Activity (EVA) and therefore photographs of this historic event were extremely important, especially since the Soviet cosmonauts had such poor photography from their EVA attempt. (3) These photographs would be crucial to show that the United States had taken the lead in the Space Race with the Soviet Union. (4) To the best of my knowledge this is the most extensive collection of Gemini IV first generation glass slides in existence. These slides were sent to NASA for my father's use and he went through them all after their receipt. They have been in his possession or part of the Edward H. White II Estate since their receipt in June, 1965."
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