Camera, Stage Separation, Saturn I

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    Camera, Stage Separation, Saturn I

    Stage separation camera consisting of: a white rectangular metal case containing camera components and film (which can visible beneath a glass cover on one side of the camera); a triangular metal mounting bracket; lens.

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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.

James S. McDonnell Space Hangar

Small movie cameras like this one made by D.B. Millikin were placed inside parachute-equipped capsules to document the rocket staging process during development of the Saturn launch vehicle. The camera capsules ejected from the vehicle and filmed for nearly a minute to give engineers a closer look at the success or failure of staging. Images from later Saturn V flights, such as Apollo 4 and 11, are often used in documentaries on the space program, and show the first stages of the rocket falling back to Earth.

For display purposes, this camera has a wedge-shaped bracket on one side (for mounting to a display) and a Plexiglas cover on one side to allow viewing of the filming apparatus.

NASA transferred this camera to the Museum in 1976.