How Artists Turned Buzz Aldrin's Moonwalking Boot Print into 3D Sculpture

Space.com | 7/22/1972 | Kasandra Brabaw
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For the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing today (July 20), Master Replicas has created a memento any space lover would be proud to hang on their wall.

"One small step for [a] man" has been forever preserved in the company's life-size replica of Buzz Aldrin's boot print on the lunar surface. Though Neil Armstrong was the first on the moon and the one to utter those famous words, it was Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the moon, who took the iconic photo of his own footprint, as part of a NASA experiment to study lunar dust and the effects of pressure on the surface.

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Master Replicas' 17 by 11-inch (43 by 28 centimeters) model was created from a digital scan of the actual boot print, which makes the memento so much more than just a sculpture, Steve Dymszo, chief executive and co-founder of Master Replicas, told Space.com.

"Short of going to the moon and pouring some plaster into Buzz Aldrin's footprint, this is as close as you're going to get to it," Dymszo said. The artists at Master Replicas created the boot print from a file they got from artist Whitney Potter, who was the first to combine two close-up photos taken on the moon to create a digital 3D version of the boot print. From Potter's work, artist Jeff Stanislawski rendered a 3D-printable form for Master Replicas that captured every nuance of the print's texture and detail.

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"If you [practice stereoscopic imaging] long enough, you can get good at judging how high [or deep] things are," Dymszo said. "One of the boot prints was photographed that way, two photos slightly out of sync." Master Replicas refined the file and created a life-size mold of the footprint that is nearly identical to the real-life boot print. The final...
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