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Camera, Hasselblad, 70mm, Apollo 11

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Camera, Hasselblad, 70mm, Apollo 11

Camera, Hasselblad, 70mm, Apollo 11

By the end of Project Mercury, Hasselblad cameras such as this one, used in the Apollo 11 command module, became the standard for still photography on American space missions. Known for their high quality construction and ease of use, the electric Swedish-made cameras featured a motor-driven mechanism that prepared the film and shutter when the camera was activated. Hasselblad cameras could be modified for use inside the spacecraft or on the lunar surface, with easily detachable black and white or color film magazines.

NASA transferred this camera to the Museum in 1970.

Transferred from NASA

Manufacturer: Hasselblad

Country of Origin: Sweden

Overall: 5 7/8 in. tall x 3 15/16 in. wide (15 x 10cm)

Camera shell - precision cast aluminum Lens: plastic, aluminum, glass

Inventory number: A19980005000

This artifact is on display in the gallery of the National Mall building.

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