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This object is on display in the Space Race exhibition at the National Mall building.


Manufacturer: Nikon

Country of Origin: Japan

Dimensions: Overall (camera): 10.16 x 15.24 x 11.43cm (4in. x 6in. x 4 1/2in.)
Overall (timer): 7.62 x 3.81 x 8.89cm (3in. x 1 1/2in. x 3 1/2in.)

Materials: Metal, glass

Small, handheld 35mm cameras, similar to this single-lens reflex Nikon camera, were commonly used by astronauts starting with John Glenn's Friendship 7 mission in 1962. Though surpassed by the high-quality 70mm Hasselblad cameras, many missions through the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs had at least one 35mm camera on-board. This Nikon F series camera is of the same type as those used on the Skylab missions, when the workshop carried five 35mm cameras and only one Hasselblad camera.

Ehrenreich Photo-Optical Industries, Inc. donated this camera to the Museum in 1977.

Gift of Ehrenreich Photo-Optical Industries

Inventory number: A19772553000

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