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Photographing the Moon

Posted in Anniversary, History, Space on Wednesday, 22 December 2010

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A guide to the Moon, presented for young readers

2 January marks the anniversary of the first ever photograph of the Moon, taken by French artist and chemist Louis Daguerre in 1839. Daguerre was the inventor of the Diorama, a popular entertainment in France in the 1820s in which an audience could look at scenes hand-painted on linin that, by using turntables, transparency and light, could be made to subtly alter so that audiences could imagine they were looking at a natural scene.

Daguerre was also involved in early photography, creating one of the first processes to create permanent photographs, the Daguerrotype. The patent was bought by the French government who made it freely available to all as “a gift free to the world”.

The first rocket to pass near the Moon, the Russian Luna 1, was also launched on this day in 1959.

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