Microphone, Launch Tower, IMAX, STS-125


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

For the film "Hubble 3D," sound engineer Greg Smith attached this microphone and cabling to launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center to record the launch of STS-125, the last servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope. The recorded sound, maintained on a CD in the Museum's curatorial files, contributed the most authentic and close-up launch sounds to a film yet recorded. The proximity to launch is evidenced by the melted foam cover on the microphone.

Smith donated the microphone apparatus to the Smithsonian in 2015.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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

Credit Line

Gift of Greg Smith, Pres. from Dover Productions.


  • Steel
  • Foam (Polyurethane?)
  • Plastic
  • Non-Magnetic White Metal Alloy


  • 3-D: 44.5 × 26.7 × 7.6cm (17 1/2 × 10 1/2 × 3 in.)
  • Storage: 49.5 × 31.8 × 12.7cm (19 1/2 × 12 1/2 × 5 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America


EQUIPMENT-Communications Devices

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