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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.

Display Status

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

Human Spaceflight
Object Details
Country of Origin United States of America Type EQUIPMENT-Photographic Manufacturer RCA Dimensions Overall: 4 1/2in. x 7 1/16in. x 1ft 6 1/2in. (11.43 x 18 x 47cm)
Materials Exterior: Mylar, plastic, Kapton tape, pressure-sensitive tape, glass, Velcro
Carry strap: Polyester, velcro
Handle: Plastic, steel
Switches: Aluminium, plastic, rubber, foam
Inventory Number A19850021000 Credit Line Transferred from NASA - Johnson Space Center Data Source National Air and Space Museum Restrictions & Rights Usage conditions apply
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