The Apollo Panoramic Camera (APC) was mounted in the Scientific Instrumentation Module of Apollos 15, 16 and 17. Itek built the panoramic camera for NASA to be used in the scientific mapping done during the final three Apollo missions. The camera provided high resolution photography along orbital groundtracks. The camera, which could operate in stereo mode, was mounted on the service module and recorded images on a film cassette. The cassette was then retrieved by the Command Module Pilot during an extravehicular activity (EVA) during the trans-Earth portion of the mission. The camera is a direct technological descendent of the Itek camera used in the U-2 photo reconnaissance programs.
Arranged, described, and encoded by Patti Williams, 2019.
Stennis Space Center, Gift, 2018, NASM.2018.0007
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This collection consists of technical manuals and documents relating to the Apollo Panoramic Cmaera (APC).
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This collection consists of the following technical manuals and documents: Critical Design Review Light Sensor and AEC Modification Panoramic Camera for Apollo Scientific Instrument Module; Photographic Data Utilization Manual; "Panoramic Camera for Scientific Instrument Model Monthly Progress Reports," 1969-1971; Panoramic Camera for Apollo Scientific Instrument Module, 1970; V\H Problem Analysis - Apollo 15, Panoramic Camera, Experiment S-163, 1971, two revisions one September and one November 1971; Familiarization and Integration Manual for Prototype Panoramic Camera for Scientific Instrument Module, 1970; a folder of Itek Critical Design Review actions; and a Preliminary Work Breakdown Structure Chart.
Apollo Panoramic Camera (APC) Collection, NASM.2018.0007, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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