Film Magazine, 35mm, Nikon, AEC


Display Status:

This object is on display in the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Film Magazine, 35mm, Nikon, AEC

Collection Item Summary:

Nikon F3 cameras operated by astronauts during the Space Shuttle program in the 1990s used this type of film cassette. In particular, this roll was for an Automated Exposure Control (AEC) camera, or "Big Camera," which was operated in a fixed window position to capture up to 250 sequenced still photos timed by an intervalometer.

Prior to the time of digital cameras, astronauts were limited to the number of photographs they could take based on the number of film magazines stored onboard. This magazine may have flown in space; NASA documentation lists it as a Class I item, meaning it was approved for flight.

NASA transferred this magazine to the Museum in 2005.

Collection Item Long Description:

Inventory Number


Credit Line

Transferred from NASA


Country of Origin



Metal, plastic


Overall: 4.92 x 4.13cm (1 15/16in. x 1 5/8in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

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