Fairchild Lunar Mapping Camera System Scrapbook Hutchins 1970-1972

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Collection Item Summary:

This collection consists of a brown 11.5 by 12 by 3 inch scrapbook entitled, " Apollo 15, 16, 17." The scrapbook documents the Fairchild Space and Defense System (FSDS) Lunar Mapping Camera, and the role of Albert G. Hutchins, program director of the FSDS's Lunar Mapping Camera Systems. The following types of material are included: newspaper articles; articles from the FSDS newsletter, FOCUS; photographs of the camera; general NASA photographs; Fairchild lunar photographs; patches; philately; brochures; and a 1957 vovelle, "Star and Satellite Pathfinder."

Collection Item Long Description:

Date

  • 1970
  • 1970-1972

Local number

2015-0048

Notes

Fairchild Space and Defense Systems (FSDS), a division of Fairchild Camera and Instrument Corporation produced for NASA a Lunar Mapping Camera System that produced high resolution metric photographs of the Moon's surface. The system consisted of two precisely oriented frame cameras mounted in the forward portion of the Apollo Scientific Instrument Module for the Apollo 15, 16, and 17 missions. It was remotely operated by the Command Module pilot during lunar orbit, and was deployed from the Apollo spacecraft when ready for use. Upon completion of the photographic mission, the camera was retracted and an astronaut performed an EVA to retrieve the film record container. The resulting photography was processed on the ground and provided scientific information of selenodesy as well as data on landing site analysis and topographic map compilation. Albert G. Hutchins was the program director of the FSDS's Lunar Mapping Camera Systems, working at FSDS from 1957 until 1975.

Cite as

Fairchild Lunar Mapping Camera System Scrapbook [Hutchins], Accession 2015-0048, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

Repository Loc.

National Air and Space Museum, Archives Division, MRC 322, Washington, DC, 20560

Creator

Hutchins, Albert G

Subject

Fairchild Camera and Instrument Corporation

Topic

  • Lunar photography
  • Astronautics
  • Apollo Project

Physical description

.51 cubic feet (1 box)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum Archives

Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions on access

Type

  • Scrapbooks
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