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Camera, Lens, Stellar, Corona


Display Status:

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

Camera, Lens, Stellar, Corona

Collection Item Summary:

This is a lens from a stellar camera used from 1962-1972 onboard the U.S. Corona photoreconnaissance satellites. Stellar cameras took photographs of the stars and, in conjuction with photographs from the horizon cameras and the index camera, enabled photo interpreters to more easily determine the exact terrain being photographed by the main cameras. This unflown lens was manufactured by Goerz Optical 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.


  • Lens--optical glass
  • Lens housing--aluminum alloy


Overall: 4 in. long x 4 1/2 in. in diameter (10.16 x 11.43cm)

Country of Origin

United States of America



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