Vintage NASA photos: Space selfie

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This is your chance to own the first space selfie. A rare collection of vintage NASA photographs is going up for auction, and many of the prints are expected to sell for thousands of dollars. The historic images document everything from the first steps on the moon to the first ever space selfie by Buzz Aldrin (above).

Although the vast majority of NASA's immense photo library is available to view and use for free under a public domain license, what sets apart this distinguished collection, called "From the Earth to the Moon: Vintage NASA Photographs," is that these vintage prints were developed straight from the original negatives brought back by the astronauts.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Max Hasler of Bloomsbury Auctions identifies the two most valuable prints in the sale: "The first (seen below) shows Buzz on the moon, taken by Neil Armstrong, and you can see Neil reflected in the visor along with the lunar module."

Vintage NASA photos: Lunar reflection

Another important photo, titled Earthrise (below), was captured by Apollo 8 and according to Hasler, "represents the first time that mankind photographed the Earth from the moon. Previously, an automated photo had been taken by a lunar satellite, but this was the first time mankind himself was able to see that view."

Vintage NASA photos: Earthrise

It's truly a magnificent collection, and if you have a couple thousands dollars to spare, you might consider bidding on a print yourself! Here's just a few more of the iconic images up for auction:

Vintage NASA photos: First spacewalk

Astronaut Ed White embarks on NASA's first ever spacewalk on June 3, 1965.

After returning aboard the Gemini 4 spacecraft, White remarked to fellow astronaut, Commander James McDivitt, "That was something. That was the most natural feeling, Jim."

McDivitt then responded, "Yeah. I know it. You looked like you were in your mother's womb."

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Vintage NASA photos: Earth in color

The very first color photograph of the Earth was captured on Nov. 10, 1967.

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Vintage NASA photos: Moon footprint

Aldrin's boot print leaves an indentation in the lunar surface during the Apollo 11 mission.

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