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Philip
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posted 06-03-2009 01:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Any planet globe collectors here?

Globemakers.com: Maxwell's Moon Globe

In the early sixties two Lunar globes were produced to show Russian superiority in the "Space Race". The Russians themselves produced a small Lunar Globe 26 cm in diameter, and the East German company, Rath Globen, produced with the help of the Russians a 33cm German version. Both these versions are well recorded.

However, there was another moon globe that should have been made by the infamous Robert Maxwell's company, Pergamon Press. It is not known if this globe was ever actually made beyond the preliminary acetate artworks, as both Rath and Pergamon Press have very vague archive information. Greaves & Thomas acquired these acetates from Rath Globen in order to produce this fine example of early planetary exploration. "Maxwell's Moon Globe" is 33cms (13") in diameter and is presented on a hand turned ebonised stand, similar in design to the original German example. It is a unique icon of the Space Race and its ensuing politics.

Philip
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posted 06-30-2009 09:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anyone know which company made the Moon globe used in portrait photos? (Rand McNally?)

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Rick Boos
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posted 07-15-2009 10:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Boos   Click Here to Email Rick Boos     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It looks like a Rand McNally to me, but wouldn't know for sure. For years I have been hunting for a raised relief moon globe. You would think that after all these years and with us going back there SOMEONE would come up with one, and at an affordable price. Look at all the Earth globes that are raised relief! The moon globes out there on the open maket today look cheap. The only one that looks decent is the 60's Rand McNally.

SpaceDust
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posted 07-15-2009 11:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceDust     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Philip:
Anyone know which company made the Moon globe used in portrait photos? (Rand McNally?)
Yes, that is a Rand McNally globe. I have one just like it, minus the stand. Mine came with a clear plastic stand instead of the one shown in the picture. There is a plastic strip that moves around the globe to measure the latitudes to help find features. In the photo it’s on the back side, but if you look close enough the very end of it can be seen at the North Pole just below the medal stub. Since it didn’t have the fancy stand like in the photo, the longitude markings were on a clear plastic strip wrapped around the equator like you find on most cheap earth globes. The globe came with a book that listed thousands of objects that could be found on the globe. I think I paid like $9 for mine back in the late 60’s or early 70’s. Mine use to look as good as the one in the photo, but it has faded over time.

history in miniature
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posted 07-17-2009 12:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for history in miniature   Click Here to Email history in miniature     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ordering decals today from Rick Sternbach, Space Model Systems, I wandered his webpage: Globes, Mars and soon to come, the Moon.

They are not inexpensive, however, the Mars Globe is beautiful. If I only had a job...

Philip
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posted 07-18-2009 05:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Indeed Rand McNally 12 inch Lunar Globe (1 inch representing 180 miles)... Sometimes available via eBay

Go4Launch
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posted 07-19-2009 01:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Go4Launch   Click Here to Email Go4Launch     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by SpaceDust:
Yes, that is a Rand McNally globe.
With all due respect, the moon globe shown in the NASA Apollo portraits was made by the Denoyer-Geppert Co. in Chicago. It was their "Visual Lunar Relief Globe, Cartocraft Edition," 16" in diameter, Model G16L8. The label states that the data came from NASA and the artwork was by the USAF Aeronautical Chart & Information Division.

Philip
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posted 04-23-2012 06:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
S&T Moon globe with high resolution surface photos.
An entirely new globe of the moon — the first in over 40 years — is now available, thanks, in part, to Caltech alumni. Using images from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, a team at Sky & Telescope magazine, including senior contributing editor Kelly Beatty (BS '73), developed the updated model. In addition to publishing a monthly astronomy magazine, S&T also develops a variety of space-related products like globes, sky atlases, books, and posters.

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