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Camera, Television, Apollo 7, with Wide Angle Lens


Display Status:

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:


Camera, Television, Apollo 7, with Wide Angle Lens

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum


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


Credit Line

Transferred from NASA - Manned Spacecraft Center


Body: Gray steel, rubber, paint, aluminum


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

Country of Origin

United States of America



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