An amazing new photograph showing Neil Armstrong’s face through his space suit visor has come to light on the 40th anniversary of the first manned Moon landing.
The image was shot by the movie camera mounted on the lunar lander famously called ‘Eagle’, but the frame lasts for only a fleeting moment.
It shows Armstrong’s face in clear view as he walks across the lunar surface.
He was the first man to walk on the moon, taking that one giant leap for mankind – yet most of the famous shots are of his fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin, as it was Armstrong who manned the stills camera.
Spacecraft Films, an Ohio-based specialist in historical space footage, has transferred the footage into high definition format and captured the split-second scene as a still image, now released for the first time in a new book, Voices from the Moon, by author Andrew Chaikin.
‘This is the first time that the public are seeing it,’ said Chaikin, revealing that even Armstrong – despite his modest ways – was quietly impressed to receive one of the new prints of himself as a souvenir.
‘All the iconic pictures from the moon are of Buzz…there really hasn’t been one of Neil. I gave him a copy and he seemed pleased to have it.’