Lens Cap, Camera, Gemini

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    Lens Cap, Camera, Gemini

    Black Canon lens cap manufactured by J.A. Maurer Inc.

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

James S. McDonnell Space Hangar

The last of the Gemini missions carried multiple lenses for use with a Maurer 70mm camera, and this is the cap to one of those lenses. The camera and lenses were used on Gemini 12 for a variety of scientific photography objectives. The equipment available for these experiments was extensive and included lenses of different focal lengths, special filters, and extra film magazines, which increased the types and amount of photographic work astronauts could do in space.

NASA transferred this lens cap to the Museum in 1976.