Camera, Arriflex, Space 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.

Collection Item Summary:

Astronauts operated this Arriflex 16mm motion picture camera on a number of Space Shuttle missions to film inside the orbiter and through the windows. Introduced in 1982 at the beginning of the Shuttle era, the Arriflex 16mm SRII camera was the first compact high-quality motion picture camera to be used by astronauts. Its size and quality made it well-suited for filming in space, and also for news reporting and shooting television programs.

In the 1990s NASA switched to even smaller digital video cameras and transferred this no-longer-needed 16mm film motion picture camera to the Museum in 2004.