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Pictures from Space: the Final Photos from Washburn’s Expedition Camera

Posted on: September 17th, 2009 by AAC Library

A Presentation by Astronaut John Grunsfeld, “The Hubble Repairman”

September 30, 2009

American Mountaineering Center

710 10th Street, Golden, CO

VIP Reception:


$35 for AAC members and

Friends of the Library/Museum

$50 for non-members

Includes admission to the presentation, appetizers and drinks

RSVP by September 25 to Dana Richardson

[email protected]

303-384-0110 x10



$5 for AAC members/$10 for non-members

Seating is first-come, first served

In Ansel Adam’s preface to Mount McKinley: the Conquest of Denali, the great photographer wrote, “Without exaggeration, I fully expect to hear someday that Brad has visited the moon, climbed Copernicus, and photographed the lunar Apennines from a private, orbiting module.”

While Bradford Washburn didn’t make it to space, we’re happy to say that his expedition camera did. Last May, as a crew of NASA astronauts completed the final repairs and enhancements to the Hubble, astronaut John Grunsfeld brought along a much smaller, older camera. Grunsfeld, an avid climber, snapped the final photos that will ever be taken with the late-Washburn’s famous expedition camera, a 1929 Zeiss Maximar B 4×5.

On September 30, Grunsfeld will return the camera to the American Alpine Club, to be displayed in the Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum. He will also talk about the mission and present the photographs he took from space, which will be displayed alongside a collection of Washburn’s personal favorites. We suspect that Earth’s mountains will look smaller in the photos from space, but no less spectacular. Come see for yourself!

A limited number of autographed prints are expected to be available, free of charge.

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