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Camera, Lens, Index, Corona


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

Camera, Lens, Index, Corona

Collection Item Summary:

This is a lens from an index camera used from 1962-1972 onboard the U.S. Corona photoreconnaissance satellites. Index cameras took a small scale photograph of the area being covered by the main panoramic cameras and, in conjuction with imagery from the horizon cameras and stellar camera, enabled photo interpreters to more easily determine the exact terrain being photographed by the main cameras. This unflown lens was manufactured by Graflex, Inc. and donated by Hughes Danbury Optical Systems to NASM in 1996.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum


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


Credit Line

Gift of Hughes Danbury Optical Systems


  • Exterior--plastic-coated aluminum wire
  • Lens housing--magnesium alloy
  • Lens--optical glass


Other: 5 in. in diameter x 4 in. high (12.7 x 10.2cm)

Country of Origin

United States of America


SPACECRAFT-Unmanned-Instruments & Payloads

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