An 80-year-old photographer has captured the first photo of the moon from a spacecraft, saying it was the most beautiful thing he had ever seen.
Photographer Bernard Lutard, from the village of Bordeaux, had been working as a photographer in Bordeau, France, since 1955 when he was commissioned by the government to photograph the moon.
He shot images of the northern hemisphere on the International Space Station, and later returned to his hometown to shoot the moon’s south.
“I had to photograph it on the last night, because there was a big fog and the whole sky was dark,” he said.
“It was just as beautiful as it looked.”
Lutards last photo was on the lunar surface in 1960.
“The moon was very small, it was almost like a tiny ball, so I took the picture, which was an incredible experience,” he told the BBC.
LutARD’S LIFE IN BORDERAU His first image was a photograph of the southern hemisphere on June 10, 1959, a month before the end of the Second World War.
The image shows a huge crater with the face of a volcano, but the moon was barely visible.
He then took three more images in the days following the end the war.
“When I returned to my hometown of Borneau, I began to think about how I could use this picture to show the northern people and show them what was going on, so they could appreciate the difference,” he explained.
“This image shows the moon in all its glory, with the big volcanic crater.”
The photograph was taken in November 1961, three years before the moon landing.
“For the next 20 years, the picture stayed in my mind and was a constant source of inspiration,” he recalled.
LUTARD’D TAKE UP MESA LAS VEGAS ‘It was the only time I ever took pictures on the Moon’ ‘I have no doubt that the pictures will always be the best pictures I have ever taken’ Lutardi said he was “absolutely thrilled” to have been asked to take the image.
“At the time, the photograph was one of the most remarkable images I have seen in my life.
It was the last photograph of a lunar surface, but I had to do it on Earth, so it is the only picture of the lunar landscape I have taken on Earth,” he added.
Luttard, who has been working in the US for more than 50 years, said he would have loved to photograph some of the countrys most famous landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, which has become an international tourist attraction.
“There are a lot of people in Borneaux who do not even know that there is a Statue of Freedom there,” he noted.
“They are very proud of their country and want to make the best of their situation.”
LUTARDS VIEW OF THE MOON LUTELLARD’MAGE’S VIEW OF MOON “It is a very strange and beautiful place, a very special place” he said, adding that he had not seen any of the landscape “before”.
“But if you look at it in the sky, you see the sun, the planets and the stars. “
“If you look down at it from the top of the mountain, you could see the sea.” “
Luttards views of the Moon were based on his knowledge of the planet and its surroundings, and his photographic skills. “
If you look down at it from the top of the mountain, you could see the sea.”
Luttards views of the Moon were based on his knowledge of the planet and its surroundings, and his photographic skills.
“From the surface you can clearly see the Earth, the stars and the Moon, but there is also the Moon itself, which is very small and very fragile,” he observed.
Luts favourite photograph of his was a shot of the Sun rising over the Pacific Ocean. “
In the sky you can also see the planets, which are very beautiful.”
Luts favourite photograph of his was a shot of the Sun rising over the Pacific Ocean.
“My favourite image is of the Earth in the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean,” he remarked.
“To me, the sun is a beautiful thing, it is very big and very bright, so for me, this is the first image of the sun on the Earth.”
Lutzards favourite photograph was a sunset over a beach in his native town of Bordoule.
“Some people say it is impossible to photograph sunset because it looks like a river,” he joked.
“Actually, I can see it from Bordeaus window and I am still looking at it.”
LUTHARD’A NEW LIFE LUTARIANS LIFE IN MOON In a letter to his wife, Lutares mother, the photographer wrote: “I am so happy to see that I am going to be able to live a normal life in BORDOU