Ref. : AS11-40-5902 C-Print 20,3 x 25,4 cm / 8 x 10 inch
Buzz ALDRIN is next to the foot of the Lunar Module. The frame a little wobbly (we can observe that the horizon is tilted) shows the difficult nature of the shooting, the two astronauts being there to explore more than to take beautiful photographs. However, the composition plays on the diagonals, which gives an incredible dynamic to this image. The spectator has the impression of seeing the astronaut climb a slope and reach a particular point: the Moon. We can also see in the foreground the footprints left by Buzz ALDRIN and Neil ARMSTRONG, once again attesting to the success of the project. These combined elements make this photograph one of the most iconic, and explains why it was chosen by the press.
This photograph reflects the effort and the realization of this monumental project, launched 6 years ago by KENNEDY during his speech of September 12, 1962, where he declared: « We choose to go to the Moon. We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too. »