Camera, Television, Lunar Rover, Apollo

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This object is on display in the Human Spaceflight exhibition at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Collection Item Summary:

RCA designed color television cameras like this one primarily for use on the Apollo lunar rovers. For astronauts on Apollo missions 15, 16, and 17, cameras like this training version were stored in an equipment bay in the lunar module (LM) descent stages. Mission commanders unpacked the cameras and put them on tripods to record early lunar activities such as unloading the rovers from the LM. Once attached to the lunar rovers, these television cameras could transmit footage directly to Earth via the Lunar Communications Relay Unit (an antenna) and using the power sources aboard the rovers. Researchers and scientists back on Earth could even remotely-control the television cameras to examine the lunar surface for themselves and track the astronauts as they explored areas around where they stopped the rovers.

NASA transferred this camera to the Museum in 1984.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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

Manufacturer

Credit Line

Transferred from NASA - Johnson Space Center

Materials

  • Exterior: Mylar, plastic, Kapton tape, pressure-sensitive tape, glass, Velcro
  • Carry strap: Polyester, velcro
  • Handle: Plastic, steel
  • Switches: Aluminium, plastic, rubber, foam

Dimensions

Overall: 4 1/2in. x 7 1/16in. x 1ft 6 1/2in. (11.43 x 18 x 47cm)

Country of Origin

United States of America

Type

EQUIPMENT-Photographic

Inventory Number

A19850021000