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

Summary

Manufacturer: Leica
U.S. Weather Bureau, Meteorological Sat. Lab

Country of Origin: United States of America

Dimensions: Overall: 6 in. tall x 5 1/2 in. wide x 5 1/2 in. deep (15.24 x 13.97 x 13.97cm)

Materials: glass, metal, plastic, fabric

This Leica camera with attached spectrograph was a backup to those flown on the Gemini V and VIII missions. Longer missions during the Gemini program gave astronauts more time for scientific experiments, often created and monitored by other government agencies or academic institutions. Scientists at the U.S. Weather Bureau (now NOAA) created this camera attachment so it could simultaneously record a spectrum and an infrared image to determine cloud heights.

This camera was transferred from NOAA to the Museum in 1987.

Transferred from NOAA

Inventory number: A19870360000

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