This object is on display in the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.
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.
NASA transferred this lens to the Museum in 2008.