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Camera, Stage Separation, Case and Parachute, Saturn I

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This object is on display in the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.


Manufacturer: Pacific Optical

Country of Origin: United States of America

Dimensions: 3-D: 30.5 x 83.8 x 31.8cm, 20.4kg (12 x 33 x 12 1/2 in., 45lb.)

Materials: Fabric parachute, plastic lens cap, glass lens and lens cover, aluminum capsule

This Pacific Optical camera, recovered in the ocean after the SA-5 launch in 1964, recorded the first-ever separation of the Saturn I rocket's first stage from its second stage. After the camera capsule ejected from the rocket, small fins stabilized the capsule, then the parachute opened and guided 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 1970.

Transferred from NASA

Inventory number: A19700275000

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