Thermal Cover, Camera, Nikon F3, Space Shuttle


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:

Though NASA astronauts have commercially-available camera equipment both inside and outside their spacecraft, cameras for spacewalks must be protected from dramatic swings in temperature and possible damage with beta cloth covers like this. 35mm Nikon F3 cameras supplied to the astronauts for general use can be covered with this protective shroud, which is sized for the specific camera. As digital cameras came into service in the mid-2000s, thermal covers were created for those cameras as well.

NASA transferred this thermal camera cover to the Smithsonian in 2012.

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

Transferred from National Aeronautics and Space Administration.


Beta cloth, velcro


Overall (folded): 7.6 x 17.8 x 15.2cm (3 x 7 x 6 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America



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