Camera, Rocket Borne


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:

This 16 mm motion picture camera was flown aboard an Aerobee-hi rocket on October 5, 1954. The photomosaic assembled from pictures taken on that flight was reported to be the first high altitude color picture of a major weather front. This is one of the two cameras on the flight responsible for the mosaic, and it was transferred to the Museum by the Naval Research Laboratory. The original photomosaic is also in the collection (A19620042).

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Credit Line

Donor unknown

Country of Origin

United States of America


Various metals, glass optics


Overall: 6 3/4 in. tall x 3 1/2 in. wide x 2 1/2 in. deep (17.1 x 8.9 x 6.4cm)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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



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