Camera, Panoramic, Apollo, Back-up


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:

ITEK built this panoramic camera for NASA to be used in the scientific mapping done during the final three Apollo mission. The flown cameras, used on Apollo 15, 16, and 17, provided high resolution photography along the orbital groundtracks. The camera could also operate in stereo mode. It was mounted on the service module and recorded images on a film cassette. The cassette was retrieved by the Command Module Pilot during an extravehicular activity (EVA) or spacewalk during the trans-Earth portion of the mission. The camera is a direct technological descendent of the Itek camera used in the U-2 photoreconnaissance programs.

NASA transferred the camera to the Museum in 1993.

Collection Item Long Description:


Camera, Panoramic, Apollo

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

Transferred from NASA, Johnson Space Flight Center, Logistics Division


Aluminum, Paint, Rubber (Silicone), Glass, Mylar (Polyester), Kapton (Polymide), Steel, Stainless Steel, Adhesive, Copper, Nylon, Epoxy, Synthetic Fabric, Velcro, Paper, Phenolic resin, Teflon


Other: 1 ft. 11 5/8 in. tall x 4 ft. 11 1/16 in. long x 2 ft. 3 9/16 in. wide (60 x 150 x 70 cm)

Country of Origin

United States of America



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