Camcorder, Canon L2, Shuttle


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

Camcorder, Canon L2, Shuttle

Collection Item Summary:

This Canon L2 Hi 8mm format video camera, an upgraded version of the similar Canon L1A, was used on Space Shuttle flights in the latter 1990s. Astronauts used the cameras to film crew activities, capture video of Earth, and document onboard technical problems or anomalies. Like its precursor, the L2 model could be fitted with interchangeable lenses for different photography needs. In 1999 a similar digital version of the camera flew aboard the Shuttle for the first time.

NASA transferred various cameras and lenses to the Museum when they were no longer needed for missions in space, this one in 2005.

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Transferred from NASA


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Plastic, metal, glass, enclosed electronics, leather, fabric, velcro, rubber, paper


Overall: 7 x 6 1/2 x 9 1/8in. (17.78 x 16.51 x 23.18cm)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

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