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Camera, Television, Lunar Surface, Apollo


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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 black and white television camera made by Westinghouse is a replica of the camera used to transmit images of astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the first mission to the Moon. Stored in the Modularized Equipment Stowage Assembly (MESA) of the "Eagle" lunar module (LM), the camera was deployed by Armstrong before he climbed down the ladder of the LM and transmitted this historic moment back to Earth. After the astronauts were on the lunar surface, they placed the camera away from the LM to record their activities. The original camera is still on the Moon.

NASA transferred this lunar camera replica to NASM in 1971.

Collection Item Long Description:

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


metal, glass


  • 3-D (Camera Body): 27.9 × 17.1 × 10.2cm (11 × 6 3/4 × 4 in.)
  • 3-D (Camera Overall): 17.1 × 32 × 25cm (6 3/4 × 12 5/8 × 9 13/16 in.)
  • Other (Cord Length): 256cm (100 13/16 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America



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