Collection Item Summary:
Hasselblad, the Swedish camera manufacturer, partnered with Zeiss, a German optics and lens manufacturer for almost all of the lenses supplied to NASA for spaceflight, including this one for the shuttle program. Known for their high quality, Zeiss's lenses could be depended on to function flawlessly and help deliver clear images from the orbit of the shuttle. The focal length of this lens allowed astronauts to photograph a reasonable amount of surface detail including whole cities and mountain ranges.
This lens was flown on at least two space shuttle missions: STS-92 in 2000 was a mission to finalize the first phase of ISS construction for human habitation, and STS-102 in 2001 was a mission to rotate the Expedition 1 and 2 crews on ISS, at which time the lens was left aboard the ISS for some time until brought back on a later shuttle mission.
NASA transferred this lens to the Museum in 2008.