This Pacific Optical camera is similar to those recovered in the ocean following launches of the Saturn I rocket. The cameras recorded the separation of the Saturn I first stage from its second stage. After the camera capsule ejected from the rocket, small fins stabilized the capsule, then the parachute opened, guiding it to a landing downrange from Cape Canaveral. The development of rockets that could send humans to the Moon began with the Saturn I, several of which were launched in the early 1960s.
NASA transferred this camera capsule to the Museum in 1972.
Transferred from NASA