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


Manufacturer: RCA

Country of Origin: United States of America

Dimensions: Overall: 7 in. tall x 3 1/2 in. wide (17.78 x 8.89cm)

Materials: metal, glass

The first live television broadcasts from space were made with a black-and-white RCA television camera like this one during the Apollo 7 mission in 1968. Apollo 8 and 9 used similar cameras. Apollo 10 and the lunar landing missions used color cameras.

Some astronauts objected to adding photography to their busy schedules, but their broadcasts drew millions of viewers and exposed the world to life in space-live on their home TVs. The cameras had lenses for different applications, including a telephoto lens to capture images of Earth from space.

This camera was transferred from NASA to the Museum in 1979.

Transferred from NASA

Inventory number: A19790664000

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