|Published||Copyright 1969 National Geographic Society, Washington D.C. Printed by A. Hoen and Company, Baltimore, Maryland|
|Dimensions||665 x 1010 mm|
A very large and detailed map of the Moon in double hemisphere, produced by the American National Geographic Society for the February 1969 edition of National Geographic magazine (Vol. 135, No. 2). The map holds particular resonance for the history of lunar exploration, as it was produced in the year of the first manned lunar landing by the crew of the Apollo 11. The map was created under the auspices of Wellman Chamberlin, Chief Cartographer to the Society. Aside from mapping all of the major craters and 'seas' of the near and far sides of the moon, the map also features numerous diagrams and explanatory text panels about the moon, its phases, and its effects upon tides, centrifugal force, eclipses, and other phenomena. In addition to the map's scientific observations, the border is made up of textual references to the moon's social and cultural history, from the classical goddesses associated with it (Artemis, Diana, Phoebe etc) to nursery rhymes like Hey Diddle Diddle, and of course the impact of the space race upon modern pop culture with catchwords like 'All Systems Go' and 'T-Minus 5 and Counting.'
Condition: Very good, clean example. Pressed vertical and horizontal folds as issued. Minor creasing and small tears to edges of folds, not affecting map. Framed in a black box frame.