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Camera, Television, Apollo 7, with Wide Angle Lens

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This object is on display in the Apollo to the Moon exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Collection Item Summary:

This RCA camera and attached 100mm wide-angle lens were part of the first television broadcast from space. This took place during the Apollo 7 mission when astronauts Wally Schirra, Walter Cunningham, and Donn Eisle orbited the Earth hundreds of times over their ten day mission. The black and white camera had three lenses, including a wide angle lens, which was used most frequently. This type of lens and camera were used extensively for orbital and lunar television transmissions during the Apollo program.

NASA transferred this camera and lens to the Museum in 1972.

Collection Item Long Description:

Title

Camera, Television, Apollo 7, with Wide Angle Lens

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Rights

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

Manufacturer

RCA

Credit Line

Transferred from NASA - Manned Spacecraft Center

Materials

Body: Gray steel, rubber, paint, aluminum

Dimensions

3-D: 8.3 x 23.5 x 18.4cm (3 1/4 x 9 1/4 x 7 1/4 in.)

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National Air and Space Museum Collection

Country of Origin

United States of America

Type

EQUIPMENT-Photographic

Inventory Number

A19721086000