Camera, Television, Lunar Rover, Apollo

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:

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) using the power sources aboard the rovers. Researchers and scientists on Earth could even remotely-control the television cameras to examine the lunar surface for themselves and track the astronauts when they parked their rovers to explore nearby areas on foot.

NASA transferred this camera to the Museum in 1975.