Cable, Camcorder Ground


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

This short grounding cable bundle was an accessory for the Sony Handycam SteadyShot video camcorder used with the Thermal Enclosure System-Crystal Observation System (TES-COS) to record protein crystal growth experiments on the Space Shuttle. It prevented static electricity and power spikes.

The technical team who developed the TES-COS gave the entire device, including this cable, to the Museum in 2012 when they ceased flying the equipment.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Credit Line

Gift of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Center for Biological Sciences and Engineering


  • Aluminum
  • Plastic
  • Paper
  • Coating


  • 3-D: 16.5 × 11.4 × 2.5cm (6 1/2 × 4 1/2 × 1 in.)
  • Storage: 20.3 × 17.8 × 5.7cm (8 in. × 7 in. × 2 1/4 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America



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