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Fairchild Space and Defense Systems (FSDS), a division of Fairchild Camera and Instrument Corporation produced for NASA a Lunar Mapping Camera System that produced high resolution metric photographs of the Moon's surface. The system consisted of two precisely oriented frame cameras mounted in the forward portion of the Apollo Scientific Instrument Module for the Apollo 15, 16, and 17 missions. It was remotely operated by the Command Module pilot during lunar orbit, and was deployed from the Apollo spacecraft when ready for use. Upon completion of the photographic mission, the camera was retracted and an astronaut performed an EVA to retrieve the film record container. The resulting photography was processed on the ground and provided scientific information of selenodesy as well as data on landing site analysis and topographic map compilation. Albert G. Hutchins was the program director of the FSDS's Lunar Mapping Camera Systems, working at FSDS from 1957 until 1975.

Identifier

NASM.2015.0048

Processing Information

Arranged and described by Patti Williams in 2016, encoded by Jessamyn Lloyd in 2019.

Creator

Hutchins, Albert G.

Date

1966-1972

Provenance

Linda Hutchins, Gift, 2015, NASM.2015.0048

Extent

0.51 Cubic feet (1 box)

Summary

This collection consists of a brown 11.5 by 12 by 3 inch scrapbook entitled, " Apollo 15, 16, 17." The scrapbook documents the Fairchild Space and Defense System (FSDS) Lunar Mapping Camera, and the role of Albert G. Hutchins, program director of the FSDS's Lunar Mapping Camera Systems.

Restrictions

No restrictions on access.

Type

Collection descriptions

Archival materials

Scrapbooks

Arrangement note

Collection is in original order.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a brown 11.5 by 12 by 3 inch scrapbook entitled, " Apollo 15, 16, 17." The scrapbook documents the Fairchild Space and Defense System (FSDS) Lunar Mapping Camera, and the role of Albert G. Hutchins, program director of the FSDS's Lunar Mapping Camera Systems. The following types of material are included: newspaper articles; articles from the FSDS newsletter, FOCUS; photographs of the camera; general NASA photographs; Fairchild lunar photographs; patches; philately; brochures; and a 1966 volvelle, "Star and Satellite Pathfinder."

Genre/Form

Scrapbooks

Rights

Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests

Names

Fairchild Camera and Instrument Corporation

Topics Lunar photography
Astronautics
Apollo Project

Citation

Fairchild Lunar Mapping Camera System Scrapbook [Hutchins], NASM.2015.0048, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

Archival Repository

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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