|Artist||Kuiper, Gerard P. et al.|
|Published||Photographic Lunar Atlas - Edited by Gerard P. Kuiper. University of Chicago 1960 [Printed in the USA by D.F. Keller Company, Chicago]|
|Dimensions||410 x 510 mm|
One of a number of introductory photographs of the Moon's fields from the landmark Photographic Lunar Atlas, published by the University of Chicago Press in 1960 under the auspices of Gerard Kuiper, and drawing upon the collective lunar photographic exertions of the Observatories of Mount Wilson, Lick, Pic du Midi, McDonald, and Yerkes. At the time of publication, five years into the famous 'Space Race,' the Atlas aimed to present the most accurate, representative, and up-to-date record of the surface of the moon yet available. By combining, overlaying, and contrasting photographs taken from the five participating observatories at different dates, times, and under various photographic conditions, the atlas became the definitive point of reference for lunar mapping until manned exploration of the moon became possible at the end of the 1960s.
The Moon is shown in three-quarter shadow, with south to top, following the standard convention of astronomical observation and photography. The visible south pole features a number of prominent craters and 'Seas'. Alphanumeric labels divide the moon's surface into the conventional 44 fields adopted in 1935 by the International Astronomical Union.
Condition: Minor surface abrasions and marking to black background of sheet. Framed in a black box frame.