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Cable, Television Hook-Up, Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, Back-up

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


Manufacturer: Unknown

Country of Origin: United States of America

Dimensions: Overall (cable): 274.32cm (9ft)
Other (large coupling): 12.07 x 4.45 x 14.61cm (4 3/4in. x 1 3/4in. x 5 3/4in.)
Other (cylinder): 6.35 x 4.45cm (2 1/2in. x 1 3/4in.)

Materials: metal, fiber optic cable

This type of cable was used on the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project in 1975, during which a live TV broadcast showed the first docking of American and Soviet spacecraft. Powering camera equipment on early space missions required long cables or heavy battery packs. This cable connected the camera to the spacecraft for power and to transmit a television signal back to Earth.

This cable was transferred from NASA to the Museum in 1978.

Transferred from NASA, Johnson Space Center

Inventory number: A19781835000

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