GPN-2002-000059 is an elegant black and white shot of the Apollo 17 spacecraft descending via parachute over the Pacific Ocean in 1972. Apollo 17 was the final mission of the Apollo program—missions 18 through 20 were planned but then cancelled to free up funding for the then-in-development space shuttle program. The three astronauts onboard Apollo 17 were returning from a lunar landing that, to this date, still stands as the last one ever conducted.
Around 20x200 HQ, we've been talking about space: romantic notions of the great unknown, iconic and uplifting moments in history, how it shapes our vision of the future, since the mournful end of the shuttle program. Here's our curated a collection of images from the NASA archive.
For our Vintage Editions series, our curators scour historical archives for both timeless classics and heretofore unseen gems. These images come back to life as exhibition-quality prints now available to everyone. As a bonus, purchasing equals patronage: Ten percent of the sales from Vintage Editions prints goes directly into the 20x200 Artist Fund, which helps support our current roster of artists. That furthers one of our core missions: helping more artists make a living by making work.